13th Annual ESF/SCSD Environmental Challenge Science Fair

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Approximately 600 7th and 8th grade students from the Syracuse City School District (SCSD), representing all 11 of the K-8 and Middle Schools in the District, presented research projects at the 13th Annual ESF / SCSD Environmental Challenge Science Fair in the SU Carrier Dome.

The Environmental Challenge is a collaboration between the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Outreach Office and the Syracuse City School District, with additional support from Syracuse University’s Partnership for Better Education. The science fair encourages student research and the exploration of science and science-related careers. The science projects support and extend the seventh and eighth grade science curricula.

This year the students presented their projects to around 80 volunteer judges, including many ESF faculty, staff, and students, Syracuse University staff, and students, along with people from businesses and community organizations such as Bristol-Meyers Squib, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Syracuse Center of Excellence, ARCADIS, Hezel and Associates, Lockheed Martin, MACNY Partners for Education & Business, SRC, SCSD staff, and a number of retired teachers.

Projects this year included: The Effect of Tubing Diameter on Radiant Water Heaters; How much does grey water effect plant growth?; Effects of pH on an Enzyme's Activity; and road salt and plants.