(Smithtown, NY)…Due to COVID-19, the US Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Lab held its annual Elementary School Science Fair virtually. In the past, the winners displayed their science projects in the lobby of the Legislature’s building in Hauppauge for the Legislators and public to see during the General Meeting of the Legislature. It was also at this meeting, that the Legislators recognized by their respective students.
Volunteer judges reviewed 184 science projects submitted by students in kindergarten through sixth grade. To qualify for this competition, students must win a science fair held at their school.
Fort Salonga Elementary School third grader Emerson Marin Meise Gaeta earned first place in her division. She researched whether wearing a facemask with a frame could improve how well people hear when speaking through a mask. Emerson used a decibel meter to measure the loudness of the voice, and determined that it was easier to hear a person and to understand what they were saying if they wore a hospital-type mask with a frame rather than a cloth mask.
Students living in the 13th Legislative District who won honorable mention were:
“I congratulate all of the students for participating in this annual science fair especially during the pandemic when some students were working from home. I am especially proud of Emerson who won in her grade and those who received honorable mention,” said Legislator Trotta.
Pictured with her winning medal is Emerson Marin Meise Gaeta who was the Third Grade winner.