Two William Floyd students – Ethan Behrens, a Tangier Smith Elementary School kindergartner and Riley Meyer, a Moriches Elementary School first-grader – both recently received “Honorable Mention” awards at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) Elementary School Science Fair. In the competition, which included more than 500 students from 120 Suffolk County schools, only 46 “Honorable Mention” awards were presented from students all across Suffolk County, along with six overall grade level winners (K-6).
Riley Meyer, a first grader in Wendy Kadletz’s class at Moriches Elementary School, was recognized for her project “Saving Water,” in which she compared the amount of water used in a shower versus a bathtub. Her results revealed that taking a shower used less water.
Ethan Behrens, a kindergartner in Ellen Flynn-Nigro’s class, was recognized for his project “Animal Tracker,” in which he set up a camera and food each night to see which type of food deer liked the best among apples, carrots, meat, and potatoes. His results revealed that deer preferred apples above the rest.
The Elementary School Science Fair, sponsored by BNL and supported by Brookhaven Science Associates (the company that manages the Laboratory for the Department of Energy), is coordinated by BNL’s Office of Educational Programs with support from the Lab’s scientists, engineers and technical staff, as well as volunteers from the Long Island Matrix of Science and Technology and local elementary school teachers.