NEWS | January 29, 2018

Dunham Scientists Showcase Work at Science Fair

Eighth grader Maddie Benton was the overall winner of The Dunham School’s 2018 Middle School/Upper School Science Fair. Benton’s project, “How Vessel Size Affects Bacterial Growth,” scored the most points overall in both Middle School and Upper School categories. Benton also placed first in the Middle School Biology & Chemistry category. 

Overall Winner: Maddie Benton '22

Twenty-four students from Honors Physical Science (Middle School) and Honors Physics (Upper School) participated in this year’s annual science fair.  Student projects were judged by a variety of college students, alumni, parents and professionals in the science and/or engineering field.  Each student presented his/her project to three different judges, explaining methodology and fielding questions. Judges scores were then averaged to get project’s final score.

“At Dunham, instead of simply hearing about science, students engage in active learning. Science fair not only provides the opportunity for our students to “BE” scientists, but also to develop many important skills,” says STEM Director Sheri Goings. “Students research, hypothesize, investigate and present a project of their own choosing.  Learning how to add to the body of knowledge that exists about their world prepares students to become gamechangers of the future.”

Middle School award winners will compete in the Region VII Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair, Junior Division, at LSU on February 6, 2018. Upper School award winners will compete in the Senior Division on February 7, 2018.

Congratulations to the following Dunham MS/US Science Fair award winners:

Overall Winner: Maddie Benton ‘22 - "How Vessel Size Affects Bacterial Growth"

Middle School Biology & Chemistry

  • 1st Place: Maddie Benton ‘22 - “How Vessel Size Affects Bacterial Growth” 

  • 2nd Place: Patrick Murphy ‘22 -“Teenagers vs. Healthcare Workers: Whose Phones Contain More Bacteria?” 

  • Honorable Mention: Caroline Latuso ‘22 - “Every Breath You Take: Does Age Affect Lung Capacity?”

Middle School Physics:

  • 1st Place: Sarah Brady ’22 - “Kinetic Energy and Arrow Penetration”

  • Honorable Mention: Catherine Van Haute - “How Does Music Tempo Affect Running Pace?”

Upper School Behavioral Science & Social Science

  • 1st Place: Arrington Holmes ’19 - “Correlation Between Gender and Color Differentiation

Upper School Environmental Engineering

  • Honorable Mention: Luke Russell ‘19 - “Biomass: A Renewable Resource