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RB's Scientists Showcase Work at 2024 Science Fair

On January 25th, RB's finest scientists showcased their stellar work at the 2024 RB Science Fair.

Roger Bacon himself played a key role in the early stages of the movement which eventually led to the Scientific Revolution. Instead of relying on rational deductions from the statements of ancient authorities for truths about the natural world, he advocated that confirmation by observation or experiment using the methods of mathematics should be required. As we have moved forward in time, Roger Bacon’s idea became the norm in how all science is done.

The Roger Bacon High School Science Fair is a one way for our students to put Roger Bacon’s philosophy into practice. This year's edition of the Science Fair had over 90 students complete and showcase 45 different science projects.

A special congratulations to who earned a superior rating. These projects are encouraged to continue to the Regional Competition at the University of Cincinnati.

Those entries earning a superior rating were:

  • Biology:
    • Mark Zlatic and Joe Zlatic for “Honors and SATs”
    • Madison Sheppard, Dylan Ruehl, and Andrew Weigand for “Sprouting Avocados”
  • Physics:
    • Elise Reilly and Mia Sebens for “How Does Driver Distractibility Affect Crash Rates and Travel Times?”
  • Chemistry:
    • Karis Stoxen for “Which Essential Oil Sanitizes Best?”
    • Claudia Hoffmann, Chloe Garcilazo, and Alexis Stegeman for “The Great Gummy pH-Ace Off!”
    • Conor Andrews, Mackenzie Schwartz, and Gabbi Bose for “Detergent Dilemma”

The Science Fair also awards a $175 cash prize to the winning project in each category (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, & Engineering). This year as there were no engineering projects and a tie in the chemistry category, four projects were still recognized.

This year’s winners were:

Biology:

  • Mark Zlatic and Joe Zlatic for “Honors and SATs”
  • Madison Sheppard, Dylan Ruehl, and Andrew Weigand for “Sprouting Avocados”
  • Physics:
    • Elise Reilly and Mia Sebens for “How Does Driver Distractibility Affect Crash Rates and Travel Times?”
  • Chemistry:
    • Karis Stoxen for “Which Essential Oil Sanitizes Best?”
    • Conor Andrews, Mackenzie Schwartz, and Gabbi Bose for “Detergent Dilemma”

To all who participated in this year’s science fair – congratulations! Thank you for your hard work! Your projects were a demonstration of your potential in the science field.