The Saugerties High School Fourth Annual Star Party was held, finally, on Oct 23, 2015. We had a great turnout Friday night somewhere between 120-150 people. The Science club "Science Alliance" was able to raise $189 in funds to put towards a possible field trip this year to Mystic Connecticut and the Science Fair prize monies.
In attendance we had three members of the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association including Ken Bailey (Treasurer), Rick Versace (newsletter editor),Jack Chastainand Karen Bailey. These great astronomers were able to inspire many students a greater passion for the stars! All of the telescopes brought were Newtonian reflectors set up on Dobsonian mounts. Ken's was 14", Karen's was 4.5", Jack's was 13.1", and Rick's was 8".
As to what we saw, the moon, of course, Neptune, Albireo (the double star with one gold and one blue, also known as the Cub Scout Star, ET cluster.Constellations that we located were Lyra, Cygnus, Aquila, Pegasus, the Big and Little Dippers which are in Ursa Major and Minor, Cetus, Pisces, Andromeda, and Cassiopeia.
Junior/Senior High Science Fair 2015
The Saugerties High School Science Club- Science Alliance hosted its third annual 7-12th grade Science Fair on November 6th from 6-8 pmin the Sr. High Gym sponsored by Neal Smoller of The Village Apothecary, Kiwanis, Opus 40, and the Jr and Sr High Student Governments. Students were required to submit a project based on experimental data, engineering, or modeling.
There were over 200 people in attendance to view 57 student projects with 80 participants. The judges were;Saugerties HS retired teachers-Mitch Stevens,Mary Bishop, Dorothy Silberg;Cahill teachers- Amy Hopfand Deb Ciccone ; Kingston HS teacher -Bonnie Parmelee; Ketcham HS teacher- Bob Davis; Physicist- Anne Davis;Retired chemical engineer-Ted Skaar and IBM engineer-Alex Feinberg.
On display during the event was the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association with two telescopes, SUNY New Paltz Geology department with their Darcy Column demonstration and Opus 40 with information about their historic site and the Center of Health was present promoting health and wellness . Thank you to Ms. Van Voorhis, Mr. Kemp, Mr. Van Vliet and Ms. Mooney who presented student work or fun interactive science manipulatives. Thank you to Ms Sachar for helping with the refreshment table. A special thank you to Greg and Kim from Bailiwick Ranch/Zoo for entertaining us with their animal show.
Winners of the 2015-16 Saugerties High School 3rd Annual Science Fair are as follows:
Overall Top Prize Winner
App for the Students of Saugerties High School $1000 scholarship
7th and 8th awards
1stplace($75 gift card) 7th-Alexis Ranzer- Do All Liquids Evaporate?
2nd place ($50 gift card)7th- Sarah Villafane, Theresa Fiscaletti, and Carmen Costello- Which Fruits Float?
Eight Third prize winners-($25 gift card) all 7th graders
-MacKenzieLowec- Walking on Water
-Sam Millham and Collin Biegel- How Do Ferro Fluids React?
-Lyndsey Gaulin and Dylan Burns- Dry Ice Bubbles
-Dominic Clark- The Lie Test-
-Robert English- Hydraulic Effect
-Miles Glasser- What Temperature is Needed to Cause and Explosion?
-Jeff Aguirre and Michael Salmi- How Many Lemons Will Light Up a Light?
-Gillian Henderson and Mia Garginone- Edible Water Bottles
9th-12th grader awards
1st place-($75 gift card) 9th-Libby Scott- Bridge Structures
2nd place ($50 gift card) 9th- Giona Kleinberg-Games:Myth or Man Stereotypes vs Reality Checks
-Six Third prize winners($25 gift card)
-9th-Madeline Gruen and Fiona McGregor-Effect of Video Games on the Human Body
-9th-Megan Czebatol- Which Helmets Work Best?
-9th-Cheyenne Candlin- Color Effect on Taste
-9th-Elise Peters and Ashley Pettengill- How to Make Tie-Dye Shirts Brighter
-10th-Michaela Cohen- Why do Some Sounds Sound Irritating?
-12th- Aidan Murphy and 11th- Meghan Murphy- How the Past Can Still Advance Us.
The science fair presentations were outstanding. It took a lot of hard work to research, prepare and demonstrate their content and knowledge of their presentation. If you attended this successful event you would have witnessed the talent of our young adults. As advisors, Amy Scanlon and Ara Krom, we were honored to be a part of this wonderfully growing event here at SHS.