Some of the middle school students who attended the Vermont STEM Fair in late March. 

FHTMS Vermont STEM Fair

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Thursday April 19, 2018

On March 24, 26 Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School’s (FHTMS) seventh and eighth grade students participated in the 59th annual Vermont Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Fair at Norwich University. 20 different schools from across the state were part of this annual event, which provides an exciting opportunity for aspiring scientists to showcase the results of their independent research. FHTMS science teacher, Amelia Lutz, recalls one student sharing their excitement, saying, “It is really cool to see other students’ projects that are more advanced yours and learn different things from them. Every time I go, I also end up making new friends with the people next to me.”

Tuttle students began their projects in January science classes and were coached by science teachers Chris Towle on the Discovery Team, Lauren Bartlett on the Dorset House Team, Greg Wolf on the Fusion Team, and Lutz from the Why Not? Team. Using the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), students developed and conducted a science investigation or engineering project. Teachers collaborated to create a school wide Science Fair experience for all seventh and eighth grade students; some of them chose to present at the state level STEM Fair. Seventh grader John Patrick said, “I thought it was a great experience. It really helped me with my presentation skills. I would definitely do it again!”

At the fair, students spent the morning answering questions and discussing their projects with other presenters, attendees, and judges. The STEM judges included scientists, secondary education faculty, medical professionals, military personnel and retirees, and other science related professionals from across Vermont.

Special recognition goes to two eighth graders, Sriram Sethuraman for his project “Re-purposing Coffee Grounds and Eggshells as Fertilizers” and Hanna Gustafson for her project “Paw Preference.” Both were awarded a Vermont Principals’ Association Silver Medal and the U.S. Navy Award. Sethuraman and Gustafson’s projects were in the top 20 of all participating projects and top three of middle school projects in the fair. In addition, eighth grader Lilla Erdos won an award for her project, “Soaring with Paper,” from the Society of Women Engineers.

In addition to the above-named students, other Tuttle middle schoolers who participated in the statewide competition include Nick Larrabee, Silas O’Brien, Ranjani Sethuraman, Vihit Gupta, Ishir Agarwal, Ryan B., Bevin Dean, Max Fontana, Casey Hockenbury, Tyler Cady, Kenny C., John Ludlow, Katherine Clougherty, Sangmin Lee, Tanmayi Nazre, Saksham Bhardwaj, Paula Donahue, Hanna Holm, Deepika Muthuswamy, and Simon, a seventh grader, who remarked, “It was a great experience and I would recommend it to any science enthusiast!”