Sharing a Love of Science – Virtually!
What do tootsie rolls, legos, erosion, apples, and phosphorus levels all have in common? They were elements included in the winning projects at this year’s Florida Virtual School (FLVS) Science Showcase. The event was organized, hosted, and emceed by the FLVS Science National Honor Society, giving students the chance to share their love of all things science with their families, teachers, and friends virtually.
“This is one of the most exciting projects we do all year,” said Marti Dayton, Co-Sponsor for the FLVS Science National Honor Society and FLVS Science Instructor, “It is so inspiring to see these students grow and develop over the course of their projects – from inception to seeing their pride when presenting to their families and friends.”
Growing in Popularity
In only its third year, the Science Showcase has doubled the number of participants each year. While the Science National Honor Society begins promoting the science showcase in the fall, the process really begins in January when students submit their proposals for their projects, which include their hypotheses, procedures, and items needed to conduct their experiments.
One great addition to the showcase this year was that for the first time ever, mentors were utilized! Experienced members of the Science National Honor Society were paired with new students to provide encouragement and guidance throughout the process. Another exciting addition to the showcase this year was the opportunity for members of the audience to provide positive comments in the chat for all presentations.
“The Science Showcase is such a wonderful opportunity for all the students who participate – from the members of the Science National Honor Society who learn leadership and mentorship skills, to the winners who learn how to effectively communicate to a larger audience,” said Ms. Dayton.
Planting the Seed
Through the Science Showcase, Ms. Dayton says students can take the skills they’ve learned, such as communicating effectively and how to prepare for a presentation, and use them to excel in their future endeavors such as college or the workforce.
Just like her titled science project, “Seeds Germinate and Leaves Move Towards the Sun,” Navyaa, a kindergartener and honorable mention winner said, “practice makes perfect, and the more I do the more I grow!”
Congratulations to the 2023 Science Showcase Winners
1st Place – Olivia W. What is the Quickest Way to Get to the Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootsie Pop?
2nd Place – Bradley C. How to Keep Apples From Turning Brown
3rd Place – Elise E. Propagation Station
Honorable Mention – Navyaa T. Seed Germinates and the Leaves Move Toward the Sun
3rd – 5th Division
1st Place – Ava Z. Smoothing Things Out with Weathering and Erosion!
2nd Place – Benny M. Motor Madness
3rd Place – Josephine S. Sunscreen and Legos vs. the Sun
Honorable Mention – Eloise R. Powerful Produce: The Effect of Temperature on Fruit and Vegetable Batteries
6th – 8th Division
1st Place – Abigail Marie H. Which Hull is the Most Buoyant?
2nd Place – Natasha L. Which Material Cleans Glass the Best?
2nd Place – Zachary S. Different Degrees? Which Ramp Will Get You the Most Distance?
3rd Place – Lucero Lara M. Substance In Our Water
Honorable Mention – Max M. Keeping Cool in a Warming World
9th – 12th Division
1st Place – Leland S. Phosphorus Levels in Possum Creek
2nd Place – Kush G. Save Our Oceans – Can Naturally Occurring Organic Substances Help Fight Pollutants in the Oceans?
3rd Place – April S. Using a Machine Learning Novel Technique for Early Detection of Skin Abnormalities
Honorable Mention – Cailyn M. How Can a Sustainable Bridge Be Built?
Are you in 10th or 11th grade and interested in joining the Science National Honor Society to develop leadership skills and deepen your interest in science? If so, make sure to apply during Club Rush next August/September. For more information on FLVS clubs, check out our student clubs page which highlights all of our 60+ clubs.