From across the Finger Lakes region, middle and high school students and their teachers recently gathered for the sixth annual Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) Science Fair at HWS where they presented original research on topics related to the Finger Lakes and surrounding environment, including light pollution, habitat studies, water quality, air pollution, and soil pH balance.
Modeled after a professional science conference, the fair provides participating students the chance to present their research during a poster session and compete for monetary prizes. The Genesee Chapter of the New York Water Environment Association, Inc. (NYWEA) and ITT Goulds Pumps sponsored the prizes for the poster presentation competition, which were awarded in both the middle and high school divisions.
In the middle school division, first place winners were Sarah Janson and Emma Pacheo, of Geneseo Middle School. They presented, “Humidity at Conesus Lake vs. Humidity at Town of Geneseo,” which compared humidity near and away from Conesus Lake. Jared MacKenzie and Michael Walton, Jacob French and Nick Lamb, all from Geneseo Middle School, tied for second place. MacKenzie presented “Light Pollution and its Effects on Wildlife,” while Walton, French, and Lamb presented “Will Corn or a Nut Berry Mix Attract More Animals?”
In the high school division, Ben Wiant and Matthew Boutwell, of Romulus Senior High School, took first place for their project, “Stream Monitoring of Kendia and Indian Creek,” which compared the water quality of two streams in the Seneca Lake watershed. Alex Conti, of Livonia High School, finished in second place for his project “The Impact of Past ‘Ditching’ on Water Quality of Wilkins Creek, Livonia, N.Y.,” which monitored water quality of Wilkins Creek on the Livonia school property.
Winners were selected by guest judges Karis Manning from NYSDEC Division of Water, John Berry from the Ontario County Public Works office, Kaeti Stoss from Delta Environmental, and Mike Herschelman from Wendall Companies.