DPS students win multiple awards at 57th Science & Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit

Cass Tech student selected as 2014 Senior Division Finalist and Grand Prize Winner

Detroit Public Schools was well represented at the 57th Science & Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit this week.

Cass Tech student Nadim Bari with his teacher Nathaniel Lewis.

Cass Tech student Nadim Bari with his teacher Nathaniel Lewis.

Cass Technical High School student Nadim Bari was selected as a 2014 Senior Division Finalist and Grand Prize Winner. Several DPS students were also selected for the Junior Division awards.

Bari’s project, “Enhancing Target Efficiency of a Laser by the Integration of a Stabilization System,” will also compete at the Michigan Science Fair on April 5, 2014 at Kettering University and at the International Science Fair May 11-16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

Bari was guided by his teacher Mr. Nathaniel Lewis. This is the first time in many years that DPS has yielded a Grand Prize Winner in the Senior Division, according to Alycia Meriweather, Executive Director of the DPS Office of Science.

“DPS was represented well in both the junior and senior divisions,” Meriweather said. “This is evidence that we are moving in the right direction. A special thanks to our Title I funded DAPCEP program, which continues to provide support and guidance for our Science Fair success.”

The Science & Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit was held March 12, 2014 at Cobo Center. More than 1,600 students from schools in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties competed at the SEFMD, one of the longest running and largest science fairs in the world.

The competition included students from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Detroit Country Day Upper, International Academy-East Campus, Plymouth High School, Walled Lake Western High School, Rochester Adams High School, and others.

Audrey Richardson and Stacie Smith of the DPS Office of Science served as judges for the event, along with many other DPS/DAPCEP teachers.

2014 Senior Division Finalists
(DPS: 1 out of 7 Gold Awards in the Grand Senior Division)

Nadim Bari
Project: Enhancing Target Efficiency of a Laser by the Integration of a Stabilization System
Category: Engineering
Grade: 12
School: Cass Technical High School
Teacher: Nathaniel Lewis

2014 Junior Division Grand Awards
(DPS:  5 out of 9 Gold Awards in the Junior Division)

Avery Burch
Project: The Mathematics in Tsunami
Category: Mathematics
Grade: 6
School: Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School
Teacher: Valerie Booker-Bryant

Kaliyah Gunter
Project: Birds and Color Configuration
Category: Behavioral/Social Sciences
Grade: 6
School: Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy
Teacher: Rosemary Amene

Jayna Jones
Project: Potatoes, Kale and Beets: A Recipe for Winter Roads
Category: Chemistry
Grade: 7
School: Thurgood Marshall Elementary
Teacher: Krystal Bolar

Eivette Martinez
Project: Using Daphnia to Monitor Water Toxicity
Category: Environmental Sciences
Grade: 7
School: Gompers Elementary-Middle
Teacher: Derek Sale

Ryan Thomas
Project: Hydraulic Fracturing and the Potential Effect on Water Aquifers
Category: Earth and Space Sciences
Grade: 8
School: Ivan Ludington Magnet Middle
Teacher:  Denise Wallace Hytower

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