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Barlow Students Wow the Crowd at Science Symposium

Carolina Caglioni, a senior at Joel Barlow High School, spoke about her three-year journey with the Scientific Research Team with parents and students during the school's first annual Science Symposium.

Carolina enlightened the crowd about her project, "Efficacy of Solar Disinfection Using Artificial Sunlight Versus a Composite of Infrared, Ultraviolet, and Visible Light." She was a finalist in Applied Technology at the Connecticut State Science Fair 2011 and was awarded the Barnes Aerospace Applied Technology Award from the U.S. Army.

Students from Randy Light's AP Biology classes and Walli Waterman's AP Chemistry class along with the Joel Barlow High Science Research Team participated in the first annual Science Symposium at the school May 31. Students displayed detailed posters they had created based on research on a topic of their interest. During the poster session, students and parents could check out the projects and ask questions of the students about their research.

The culminating events were exciting demonstrations from Robert V. Erikson and George Vartrenigian from Demos-"R"-Us. During the demonstrations, Robert and George wowed the crowd with experiments involving gases, electricity and magnetism. The crowd loved the exploding ping-pong ball and the use of liquid nitrogen.

The first annual Science Symposium was possible because of the dedication, organization and determination of Katherine Nuzzo and the support of the Joel Barlow Science faculty. It was an enjoyable experience for students, teachers and parents, and we look forward to the second annual Science Symposium next year.

Melissa Liik is a junior at Joel Barlow High School who attended the Science Symposium.

What was your favorite part of the Science Symposium? Leave your comments below.

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