2021 Tri-County Science and Engineering Fair
Westlake Science Research students continue to impress! For the second year in a row, the highly regarded Tri-County Science & Engineering Fair held their annual competition virtually. The science fair, founded in 1990 by the volunteer organization The Putnam Children’s Discovery Center, is the only fair in NY that hosts regional competitions for students in K-12. Over 300 students from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties gave pre-recorded video presentations and answered pre-determined questions about their original research that were judged by over 150 judges. Two Westlake students came out on top:
Senior Aimee Holland won 2nd Place in Earth & Space Science for her original research Calculating the Rate of Cosmic Microspherule Deposition: A Novel Global Time Marker for Geologic Reconstruction. Aimee conducted her original research remotely through Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY, and physically at her home in Pleasantville, NY.
Junior Anastasia Tchernikov won 3rd Place in Physiological/Experimental Psychology for her original research Investigating Three Animal Models of Depression and Their Correlation with Sleep Abnormalities as a Predictor for Clinical Trials in Humans. Anastasia conducted her original research remotely through the Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy, New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY.
At Westlake High School, the Science Research program is a three-year program during which students design, conduct and present research on an original topic. Under the guidance of program coordinator Lawrence McIntyre, students begin by reading and studying scientific journals in an area of their interest, then developing initial hypotheses. After securing a mentor in their chosen field to help guide their research, they conduct investigations and collect data over the summer. The following year, students present their research in a detailed scientific paper and poster board presentation, which they can submit for competition in high-level science fairs and symposiums locally and nationally.
Congratulations to both students.