RCSD WINNERS ENTERED THEIR PROJECTS AT THE BROOKHAVEN LABS' SCIENCE FAIR
Morgan Stromski, a kindergarten student at Aquebogue Elementary School, received an Honorable Mention at BNL
(May 5, 2012) Morgan Stromski, who is in Sunita Rodriguez’s kindergarten class and won first place at Aquebogue Elementary School's science fair, was awarded an "Honorable Mention" at Brookhaven National Labs' Annual Science Fair on May 5th. (Only the first and second place winners in every grade level at local school science fairs are allowed to submit their entries at BNL.) There were over fourty-four districts represented and over eighty kindergarten projects in the competition at BNL.
Morgan's winning project, “The Nose Knows” examined whether or not a person could still determine what flavor jellybean he or she ate if their nose was plugged and therefore they were deprived of their sense of smell. Morgan discovered that a person can't really taste without his or her sense of smell.
Her mom, Keri Stromski, noted, "She enjoyed repeating the experiment over and over and over just to be sure."
Morgan’s “real world” application was priceless. She wrote, “I think this will help a lot of people. They can hold their noses when they have to eat food they don’t like, especially vegetables.”
Elementary Schools Host their Annual Science Fairs
(April 26, 2012 - Riverhead, NY) Each of the elementary schools hosted their annual science fairs. The first and second place winners in each of the schools qualify to compete in the Brookhaven National Labs' science fair, and the winners are: Pulaski, Aquebogue, Phillips, Roanoke, and Riley.
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Pulaski Girls Win the Right to Compete at BNL
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RCSD Winners of the 2012 Earth Day Contest
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Key Club Shares "Going Green" with District 3rd Graders
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GOING GREEN AT RILEY!
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