Science Fair Awards

The Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) was held March 29 and April 1 at the Tucson Convention Center. Almost 2,000 project boards were displayed and judged by a team of volunteer scientists and engineers.

Students could receive recognition from a sponsoring group, a Grand Award, or, in some cases, both. Grand Awards represent the top three projects in that category and grade level in the Southern Arizona Region.

We are pleased to recognize the following students in the fourth, sixth, and eighth grades who were awarded special recognition.

4th Grade
William Levine – “Want More Sugar”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
Cellular and Microbiological Sciences

Jackie Peterson  – “Sharpie Take Down”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
Chemical Sciences

Madeline Stagg – “Ruff Workout”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
The Whitney Award for Best Animal Related Project
Behavioral and Social Sciences

6th Grade
Zoe Flagg  – “Drought-Resistant Soil”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
Earth and Environmental Sciences

Boone Lewis  – “Worm Composting”
SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place
Animal and Plant Sciences

8th Grade
Nathan Chabin and Martin Gioannetti    – “Particles Matter”
SARSEF Grand Award: 3rd Place
Earth and Environmental Sciences

Katherine Hawes  – “Bad Vibrations”
SARSEF Grand Award: 2nd Place
The Bookmans Love Of Reading Award
Behavioral and Social Sciences

UA Science: Sky School works with students in grade 8-12 to develop and execute field-based research projects for the regional science fair, run by the Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF). Each student is paired with a University of Arizona undergraduate student mentor and a UA graduate student science advisor to conduct an original field study, culminating in a final presentation at SARSEF. This is a valuable opportunity to gain experience in the scientific inquiry process, utilizing the unique environment of Sabino Canyon.  The following students received awards at SARSEF through this program:

Andrew Gioannetti and Willa Kleiner – “Biodiversity of Freshwater Macroinvertebrates in Sabino Creek”
SARSEF Grand Award: 1st Place
Biodiversity Award
Community Service Award
Phoenix Comicon Science Award
Sky Island Advocate
Young Water Scientist
Earth and Environmental Sciences

Congratulations to all our winners!

St. Michael’s Lego Robotics

robotics-teamThe St. Michael’s Lego Robotics Team traveled to Wilson K-8 School on Saturday, December 3, to compete in a regional tournament. A total of 25 teams were in attendance. Our fantastic team of ten enthusiastic boys performed admirably in this, their rookie season. During the unofficial practice round, their robot, which was nicknamed the Terminator, was able to score an impressive 51 points for the accurate completion of three missions on the competition board. In addition to competing with their robot, the boys were stellar in the presentation of their bat research, a project requirement in keeping with this year’s theme of Animal Allies. We are very proud of our team and their accomplishments. They demonstrated gracious professionalism throughout the day, and they certainly gathered a great deal of knowledge for future competitions.

Team Members: Logan Corrado, Jack Douglass, Leo Foust, Nick Martinez-Ross, Charlie Peterson, Jensen Peyton, JJ Salkowski, Atticus Smith, Kenny Strong, and Michael von Guilleaume. Coaches: Matt Santucci and Jennifer Gould