Five Staples High students won awards for their projects in the recent 13th annual Southern Connecticut Invitational Science and Engineering Fair at Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge.
The students include:
Amelia Brackett: third place in the Behavioral Science Proposals category for "The Lateralization of Ant Antennae."
Grant Schwabacker: second place in the Environmental Science Proposals category for "Optimal 2-D Configuration of Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines."
Pamela Onorato: tied for third place in the Environmental Science Proposals category for "Antimicrobial Activity of Lichen Extracts."
Michael Menz: second place in the Physical Science Completed Projects category for "Action Potentials in Physarum Polycephalum."
Leo McElroy: third place in the Physical Science Completed Projects category for "Investigation of Cosmic Microwave Background Power Spectrum Peak Sensitivities to Specific Cosmological Parameters."
The event fielded 193 student projects, which were evaluated by teams from a group of 195 judges.
The fair, founded in 2011 by the Southern Connecticut Science and Engineering Foundation, required students to create an exhibit, make a presentation and participate in a question-and-answer session.