Science Research

The Orlando Science Center Recognizes Stone Students

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This past weekend 1st Place Winners from nine Central Florida Regional Science Fairs competed in the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge

Two Stone Students Won 1st place and $400!


1st Place Engineering - Connor Bolick
The Design, Construction and Testing of a Remotely Operated Submersible: Year 2

1st Place Computer Science - Brendan Harcourt
A Study of Cryptographic Algorithms

Stone Regional Science Fair Victors!

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Best of Show Junior Physical

Connor Bolick: The Design, Construction and Testing of a Remotely Operated Submersible: Year 2
 
State Science Fair Bid Winners

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Connor Bolick: The Design, Construction and Testing of a Remotely Operated Submersible: Year 2
 
Logan Bolick: Using Light Concentrators to Increase the Power Produced by Photovoltaic Cells Under Low Light Levels Found at Planetary Distances from the Sun
 
Aidan Calenda: A Study of the Factors Affecting the Rate of a Chemical Reaction
 
Kimberly Ciarcia: A Comparison of Various Cleaning Techniques on the Amount of Bacterial Contamination on Vegetables
 
Brendan Harcourt: A Study of Cryptographic Algorithms
 
Minaal Murshid: The Effects of Temperature on the Photosynthesis Rate of Spinach, Spinacia oleracea
 
Orlando Science Center Science Challenge Bid Winners
Connor Bolick: The Design, Construction and Testing of a Remotely Operated Submersible: Year 2
 
Logan Bolick: Using Light Concentrators to Increase the Power Produced by Photovoltaic Cells Under Low Light Levels Found at Planetary Distances from the Sun
 
Aidan Calenda: A Study of the Factors Affecting the Rate of a Chemical Reaction
 
Brendan Harcourt: A Study of Cryptographic Algorithms
 
Giao Huynh and Kyle Ferguson: Factors Affecting the Voltage Output of a Microbial Fuel Cell
 
 
Junior Category Place Awards
Animal Science
3rd: Choe Ravina: A Study of the Antifouling Properties of Plant Extracts
4th: Cavan Masterson: A Study of Feeding Preference in the Florida Apple Snail, Pomacea paludosa
4th: Danielle Warren: The Effects of pH on the Mortality and Pulse Rate of Xenia, Xenia elongata
 
Behavior Science
4th: Brenden Dalryple: Investigating the Ability of Insects to Detect Low Concentrations of Pheromones
4th: Matthew Freeman: A Study of the Phototaxic Response of Brine Shrimp, Artemia salina
 
 Biochemistry
2nd: Morgan Barney : A Study of the Effects of OTC Medication on Diffusion through a Simulated Stomach Lining
3rd: Astha Jeloka: The Effects of Temperature on Enzyme Activity
4th: Lorelei Hutto: The Effects of Light-Dark Cycle on the Light Intensity Produced by the Bioluminescent Dinoflagellate, Pyrocystis fusiformis
 
Chemistry
1st: Aidan Calenda: A Study of the Factors Affecting the Rate of a Chemical Reaction
2nd: Ben Jankowski: A Study of Paper Chromatography
3rd: David Paine: The Effects of Oxygen Concentration on Exothermic Reaction Time
4th: Aedan Stapleton: The Effects of pH on the Rate of Oxidation of Metals
 
Computers
1st: Brendan Harcourt: A Study of Cryptographic Algorithms
3rd: Emma Reinecke: Programing a Robot to Create Art
 
Earth and Planetary
2nd: Brendan Moyer: The Effects of Iron Enrichment on the Absorption of CO2 by Phytoplankton 
3rd: Adam Tyler: Testing the Effects of Soil Type on the Ability of a Model Building to Withstand a Simulated Earthquake
 
Engineering
1st: Connor Bolick: The Design: Construction and Testing of a Remotely Operated Submersible: Year 2
2nd: Tena Gordon: Testing the Hydrodynamic Behavior of Various Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Hull Designs
3rd: Isaiah Thomas: A Study of How Gear Ratios Affect the Energy Output of a Turbine
4th: Clayton Bell and Matt Combs: The Design: Construction and Testing of Various Bridge Truss Designs
 
Environmental
3rd: Kristen Livasy: Developing and Testing a Method to Enhance the Recovery of Bleached Pink-Tipped Sea Anemones, Condylactis gigantea
4th: Elliot Whitney: The Effects of Light Duration on the Biofuel Yields from Isochrysis galbana Grown in a Photobioreactor Environment
4th: Mackenzie Maggio: Artificial Marshes as a Method of Bioremediating Polluted Water
4th: Tanner Mohre: The Development and Testing of Bioassays for Water Pollution using Mysid Shrimp, Americamysis bahia
4th: Wyatt Plewak: Investigating the Effectiveness of Mushroom Mycelium Microfiltration as a Method of Removing Copper from Water
4th Acacia Woodley: The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Exoskeleton of the Common Amphipod, Gammarus mucronatus
 
Mathematics
2nd: Viorel Silaghi: Developing a Mathematical Model that Predicts the Effects of Surface Active Agent Concentration on Surface Tension
3rd: David Cooler: Developing a Mathematical Model of Predator-Prey Interactions
 
Medicine and Health
3rd: Meredith Markos: The Effects of Infrared Radiation on Blood Cell Clumping in the Pond Crayfish
4th: Molly Luu: The Effects of Food Additives on the Growth and Development of Variegated Sea Urchin Larvae, Lytechinus variegatus
 
 Microbiology
1st: Kimberly Ciarcia: A Comparison of Various Cleaning Techniques on the Amount of Bacterial Contamination on Vegetables
2nd: Giao Huynh and Kyle Ferguson, Factors Affecting the Voltage Output of a Microbial Fuel Cell
4th: Rebecca Mulla: The Effects of Ginger on the Growth of Staphylococcus epidermidis
 
Junior Physics
1st: Logan Bolick: Using Light Concentrators to Increase the Power Produced by Photovoltaic Cells Under Low Light Levels Found at Planetary Distances from the Sun
 
Plant Science
1st: Minaal Murshid: The Effects of Temperature on the Photosynthesis Rate of Spinach, Spinacia oleracea
3rd: Ciarra Rava: The Development and Testing of a Method of Controlling Nematodes Using Natural Plant Extracts
4th: Anthony Cheung: The Effects of Australian Pine Extract and Sodium Chloride on the Mortality of the Common Amoeba, Amoeba proteus
4th: Caleb Cohen: The Effects of Synthetic Muck on the Growth of the Red Mangrove: Rhizophora mangle, in a Simulated Indian River Lagoon Habitat

eCybermission State Winners • 2013

eCybermission is a national science and technology competition sponsored by the US Army.
 
Stone ScienceResearch Students have won eCybermission regional and state level awards for the six years running.
 
This year we have two 7th grade teams taking state level awards:

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 Team strawberry shortcake 2 as been selected as regional finalists, meaning they are one of the top four teams from the Southeast US, Europe, Pacific and Puerto Rico.  They will now compete to become National Finalists. National Finalists each receive a $2,000 prize and a fully expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.



This is the video they have submitted to become a Finalist at the National Level:
 

Stone students have won $168,000 in the past 8 years competing in eCybermission and have been 1st place in the Nation two of those years.

Stone Researchers Prominent in State Awards!

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The past week the 58th Florida State Science and Engineering Fair was held in Lakeland. The state science fair is the largest academic competition in Florida. The competition was intense, with almost 900 of the top science students from all over Florida competing for prizes and awards. Students also participated in field trips and a dance/mixer. The student mixer was held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.
 
At this level in the science fair process, the students come from all around the state of Florida and all participants have received a 1st place at their regional science fair.

Stone science research students did extremely well, winning one 1st place award, four 2nd place awards, four 3rd place awards, one honorable mention and three recognition awards as well as several special awards.     Rich Regan, Stone Science Research Director

 
First Place Award
Jordan G.
- The Effects of Blueberry Extract on the Cognitive Abilities of Peppermint Shrimp, Lysmata wurdemanni  

Second Place Awards
Connor  B.
- The Design, Construction, and Testing of a Remotely Operated Submersible   
Marilyn C.- The Effects of Naproxen on the Stomach Lining of the Chocolate Chip Sea Star, Protoreaster nodosus   
Kylie  L. - The Effects of Naproxen on the Stomach Lining of the Chocolate Chip Sea Star, Protoreaster nodosus  
Brianna  Y. - Developing and Testing a Method of Extending the Viability of Stored Zooxanthellae  
 
Third Place Awards
Urvesh  A.
- Deriving a Formula to Calculate the Number of Free Polypolygons with Different Regular Polygons and Quantities           
Linus F. - Designing a Team of Air-Based Robots to Locate and Transport Avalanche Victims   
Marissa  J. - Testing the Effects of Acidic pH Levels on the Heart Rate of Daphnia pulex   
Mamoon S. - Designing a Team of Air-Based Robots to Locate and Transport Avalanche Victims  
 
Honorable Mention Awards
Brendan  M.
- The Effects of Iron Enrichment on the Absorption of CO2 by Phytoplankton  

Recognition Awards
Taylor  A.
- The Effects of Colloidal Silver on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis   
Emily  K. - The Effects of Colloidal Silver on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis  
Zachary  W. - A Study of Various Wing Designs on the Flight Distance of a Glider  

Florida Junior Academy of Sciences Invites 28 Stone Researchers!

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In the professional world of science and scientists, an invitation to present at the annual meeting of the Academy of Sciences is the ultimate acknowledgement of the value of one’s research. It follows after the honor of being published in a major peer reviewed journal.

The Florida Junior Academy of Sciences convention was held at Barry University in Miami Shores concurrent with the Florida Academy of Sciences 77th annual meeting. The judges were senior academy scientists.

At Stone we think this is an honor and valuable experience for our junior scientists. As a recognition of their hard work, Stone Middle School received 28 of the 40 bids awarded to middle school students in the state of Florida! Congratulations to all of these Stone Middle Schools for receiving an invitation from this prestigious organization:
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Stone science research students had a great showing taking 9 of the 16 junior division place awards!

Junior Biological
4th Place – 4th Place – Anthony C.: The Effects of pH on the Growth of Bush Beans, Phaseolus vulgaris


Junior Environmental
1st Place – Cavan M.: An Investigation of the Fuel Potential of Non-Food Plant Materials
3rd Place – Kyle F.: Developing and Testing a Simple Method of Sterilizing Biologically Contaminated Water
4th Place – Brianna Y.: Developing and Testing a Method of Extending the Viability of Stored Zooxanthellae

Outstanding Presentation – Elliot W.: The Effects of pH on the Biofuel Yields of Isochrysis galbana

Outstanding Presentation – Shane C.: The Effects of UV Radiation on the Regeneration of Planarian Tissue


Junior Medical
2nd Place – Sebastien N.: The Effects of OTC Medication on the Heart Rate of Daphnia magna
4th Place – Giao H.: A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of the Hyssop Plant, Hyssopus officinalis
Outstanding Presentation – Tommy F.: The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Blood Cell Clumping in Pond Crayfish


Junior Physical
1s Place – Urvesh A.: Deriving a Formula to Calculate the Number of Free Polypolygons with Different Regular Polygons and Quantities
3rd Place – Connor B.: The Design, Construction, and Testing of a Remotely Operated Submersible
4th Place – Deven S.: Stokes Law: Developing an Equation to Predict the Drop Time of Various Objects


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The Florida Academy of Sciences, Inc. was founded in 1936 as a non-profit organization. The Academy is the Florida Affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is the only organization in Florida that represents all disciplines of sciences.
The Florida Academy of Sciences, Inc. sponsors the Florida Junior Academy of Science to encourage young scientists.

Nearly A Clean Sweep @ Regional Science Fair!

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The South Brevard Regional Science and Engineering Fair took place at the Melbourne Square Mall this past weekend. Students from Central, Hoover, Southwest, Stone, and various private schools competed in 13 junior division categories ranging from Behavioral Science to Zoology.
 
Stone students won 12 of the 13 first place awards and 9 of the 13 second place awards!
 
This is a remarkable achievement that reflects hard work and the support of many staff and parents. Stone students also won numerous specials awards, including many cash awards.
 
Stone Students took Both Best of Show Awards and Both Alternate Best of Show Awards!

Best of Show Junior Biological 
Jordan G. The Effects of Blueberry Extract on the Cognitive Abilities of Peppermint Shrimp, Lysmata wurdenmanni
 
Best of Show Junior Physical Sebastian T.
The Effects of Surfactants on the Surface Tension of a Liquid
 
Runner-up Best of Show Junior Biological 
Taylor A. and Emily K.
The Effects of Colloidal Silver on
Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermi
 
Runner-up Best of Show Junior Physical 
Connor B.
The Design, Construction, and Testing of a Remotely Operated Submersible

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All Stone's Candidates for Prism Recognition Best In County

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Brevard Public School District PRISM Scholars were announced last night at the school boarding meeting. The PRISM Project is devoted to Promoting Regional Improvement in Science and Math through a systematic and measurable approach recognizing and rewarding teachers and students for outstanding performance.

Each year the district selects 8 students as PRISM Scholars from all the middle schools in Brevard County.
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Each school is allowed to submitted four applicants and all four of Stone's applicants were selected as district level PRISM scholars! The district also recognizes continuing scholars. Of the 21 continuing district level PRISM scholars, 12 won the PRISM award while at Stone.

Please congratulate the following students for being selected as PRISM scholars:

Urvesh A. - PRISM Math Scholar
Paul C. - PRISM Math Scholar
Scott D. - PRISM Science Scholar
Matt P. - PRISM Science Scholar

They are proud recipients of a $125 cash prize and certificate.

Stone Student Advances to Finalist in Broadcom MASTERS

Ceili M. has been selected as one of the 30 National Finalists for the prestigious Broadcom MASTERS competition. Over 6000 first place science students submitted their research for review.

Finalists will travel to Washington, DC during Broadcom MASTERS week in September to showcase their projects for the public and compete as teams in hands-on STEM activities. They will compete for the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Award, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation, as well as other awards.

While in Washington, D.C., the students will enjoy an exciting introduction to the nation's capital, experiencing historical sites and organizations that celebrate innovation, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The finalists also will visit the U.S. Capitol to meet their elected representatives. The week's activities culminate with an awards dinner at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Stone students named National Semifinalists in Broadcom MASTERS!

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Four Stone science research students have been selected as national semifinalists in the prestigious Broadcom MASTERS competition. Nation-wide over 6000 students with winning science projects submitted to the MASTERS competition with 300 being selected as semifinalists. In two weeks, 30 of the semifinalists will be selected to compete in Washington, D.C. for the $25,000.00 first prize.

The following students are Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists:
 
Scott D.
Rescue Bot: Programming a Robot and a Snow Removal System to Locate and Rescue Victims of Avalanches

Ceili M.
The Effects of Reduced pH Levels on the Growth and Survival of the Calcareous Shelled Bivavle,
Mercenaria mercenaria

Alexandria R.
Optimizing the Thermo Electric Effect of a Peltier Cell by Manipulating the Thermal Differential Gradient to Increase Electrical Output

Taylor S.
The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone,
Condylactis gigantea

Another eCybermission Victory

Some pertinent facts:
• eCybermission is a national science and technology competition sponsored by the US Army.
• Stone science research students have won eCybermission regional and state level awards for 6 years running.
• Stone students have
won more than $160,000 in the past 6 years competing in eCybermission and have been 1st place in the Nation two of those years.

This year we have a 7th grade team taking 1st place in Florida and 1st place in the Southeast region for their research on methods of helping bleached corals recover.  This means that they are
one of four 7th grade National Finalist Teams and will be competing in the eCybermission National Judging and Education Event in Washington, D. C. in June.

Team “Iris” members are:
 Marilyn C.
Marissa J.
Kylie L.
Brianna Y.
 
Each of these students have won $1,500.00 and an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete for an additional 2,500.00 each in prize money.
 

Spectacular Results at State Science Fair

The past week the 57th Florida State Science and Engineering Fair was held in Lakeland. The state science fair is the largest academic competition in Florida. The competition was intense, with over 850 of the top science students from all over Florida competing for prizes and awards. Students also participated in field trips and a dance/mixer. The student mixer was held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.

In this highly competitive event, all participants are 1st place winners at a regional science fair.
Stone science research students did extremely well winning four 1st place awards, seven 2nd place awards and one honorable mention.


First Place Awards

Hunter D.  - The Design, Construction, and Testing of a LEGO Gearbox Capable of Predicting Moon Phases and Tides

Karlee D. - The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone, Condylactis gigantea

Taylor S. - The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone, Condylactis gigantea

Callie W. - The Effects of Aspartame on Learning and Memory of the Peppermint Shrimp, Lysmata wurdemanni


Second Place Awards

Daniella B. - The Effects of Increased Iron on CO2 Sequestering by Phytoplankton

Scott D. - Rescue Bot: Programming a Robot and Snow Removal System to Locate and Rescue Victims of Avalanches

Sina H. - A Study of the Competitive Effects of Two OTC Medications on Diffusion Through a Simulated Stomach Lining, Year Two

Ceili M. -  The Effects of Reduced pH Levels on the Growth and Survival of the Calcareous Shelled Bivalve, Mercenaria mercenaria

Alex R. - Optimizing the Thermo Electric Effect of a Peltier Cell by Manipulating the Thermal Differential Gradient to Increase Electrical Output

Renaldo S. - Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) as a Method of Detecting Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria

Courtney S. - The Effects of Computer Monitor Radiation on the Tissue Regeneration Rate of Planaria, Dugesia tigrina


Honorable Mention Award

Kayla M. - Comparing the Effectiveness of Hydroponic and Aquaponic Systems on the Growth of Lettuce, Lactuca sativa

Stone Research Students Dominate the Brevard South Regional Science and Engineering Fair!

Stone Research Students Dominate the Brevard South Regional Science and Engineering Fair!

The South Brevard Regional Science and Engineering Fair took place at the Merritt Square Mall this past weekend. Students from Central Hoover Southwest Stone and various private schools competed in 13 junior division categories ranging from behavioral science to zoology.

Stone students won 12 of the 13 first place awards and 11 of the 12 second place awards. Total place awards won by Stone student was 54!

Stone students also won numerous specials awards including many cash awards.

The research teachers and students would like to thank all the teachers and administrators for supporting their efforts. We would especially like to thank all the teachers that allowed students out of their classes to work on their science projects.

2012 Brevard South Fair Results:

Stone students took both Best of Show awards and both Alternate Best of Show awards!

Ceili M. won Biological Best of Show for her project titled:
The Effects of Reduced pH Levels on the Growth and Survival of the Calcareous Shelled Bivalve Mercenaria mercenaria

Alex R. won Physical Best of Show for her project titled:
Optimizing the Thermo Electric Effect of a Peltier Cell by Manipulating the Thermal Differential Gradient to Increase Electrical Output

Renaldo S. won Alternate Biological Best of Show for his project titled:
Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) as a Method of Detecting Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria

Hunter D. won Alternate Physical Best of Show for his project titled:
The Design Construction and Testing of a LEGO Gearbox Capable of Predicting Moon Phases and Tides


The following students won bids to participate in the State Science and Engineering Fair in Orlando April 3-5!
Daniella B.:    The Effects of Increased Iron on CO2 Sequestering by Phytoplankton
Hunter D.:
The Design Construction and Testing of a LEGO Gearbox Capable of Predicting Moon Phases and Tides
Jordan D.:
Reducing Copper Contamination using Natural Filter Materials
Scott D.: Rescue Bot:
Programming a Robot and Snow Removal System to Locate and Rescue Victims of Avalanches
Karlee D.:  
The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone Condylactis gigantea
Sina H.:  
A Study of the Competitive Effects of Two OTC Medications on Diffusion Through a Simulated Stomach Lining Year Two
Ceili M.:  
The Effects of Reduced pH Levels on the Growth and Survival of the Calcareous Shelled Bivalve Mercenaria mercenaria
Kayla M.:
Comparing the Effectiveness of Hydroponic and Aquaponic Systems on the Growth of Lettuce Lactuca sativa
Alexandria R:  
Optimizing the Thermo Electric Effect of a Peltier Cell by Manipulating the Thermal Differential Gradient to Increase Electrical Output
Renaldo S.:
Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) as a Method of Detecting Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria
Courtney S.:  
The Effects of Computer Monitor Radiation on the Tissue Regeneration Rate of Planaria Dugesia tigrina
Taylor S.:
The Affects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone Condylactis gigantea
Callie W.:
The Effects of Aspartame on Learning and Memory of the Peppermint Shrimp Lysmata wurdemanni


The following students won bids to participate in the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge at the Orlando Science Center on March 10th
JordanD. :   Reducing Copper Contamination using Natural Filter Materials
Karlee D.:
The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone Condylactis gigantea
Alexandria R.:      
Optimizing the Thermo Electric Effect of a Peltier Cell by Manipulating the Thermal Differential Gradient to Increase Electrical Output
Hunter D.:  
The Design Construction and Testing of a LEGO Gearbox Capable of Predicting Moon Phases and Tides
Sina H.:   
A Study of the Competitive Effects of Two OTC Medications on Diffusion Through a Simulated Stomach Lining Year Two
Taylor S.:  
The Affects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone Condylactis gigantea
Scott D.:  
Rescue Bot: Programming a Robot and Snow Removal System to Locate and Rescue Victims of Avalanches
Daniella B.:
The Effects of Increased Iron on CO2 Sequestering by Phytoplankton


Stone students won 54 place awards. The winners are listed below.

Animal Science
1       Ceili   M.       The Effects of Reduced pH Levels on the Growth and Survival of the Calcareous Shelled Bivalve Mercenaria mercenaria
2       Jada    A.  The Effects of UV Radiation on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthelle in the Upside Down Jellyfish Cassiopea xamachana
3       Taylor  A.       The Effects of Different Types of Stimuli on the Nematocyst Discharge by the Upside Down Jellyfish Cassiopea xamachana and the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone Condylactic gigantea
4       Emily   K.    The Effects of Diurnal Light Cycle on the Photoperiodism of Grass Shrimp Palaemonetes puigo
4       Marilyn C.  The Effects of Electrical Stimulation on the Regeneration of the Chocolate Chip Sea Star Protoreaster nodosus


Behavioral Science
1 Callie W. The Effects of Aspartame on Learning and Memory of the Peppermint Shrimp, Lysmata wurdemanni
2 Brooke S. A Study of the Chemotaxic Response of the Chocolate Chip Sea Star, Protoreaster nodosus
3 Carl R. The Effects of 5-Hydroxytryptophan on the Phototaxic Response of the White Shrimp, Litopenaeus setiferus


Biochemistry
1       Sina H. A Study of the Competitive Effects of Two OTC Medications on Diffusion Through a Simulated Stomach Lining Year Two
2       Robert  W. Investigating the Effects of Light-Dark Cycle Duration on the Bioluminescence Produced by the Marine Dinoflagellate Pyrocytis fusiforms
3       Collin O. The Effects of Temperature on Enzyme Activity

Chemistry
1       Jordan  D. Reducing Copper Contamination using Natural Filter Materials
2       Ian H. The Affects of Salt Concentration on the Osmotic Pressure Across a Semipermeable Membrane
3       Jorden  H. Investigating the Factors Affecting the Removal of Iron Oxide (Rust) by Electrolysis

Computer Science
1       Draper  Scott   Rescue Bot: Programming a Robot and Snow Removal System to Locate and Rescue Victims of Avalanches

Earth and Planetary
1       Daniella B. The Effects of Increased Iron on CO2 Sequestering by Phytoplankton
2       Luke S. A Study of the Factors Affecting the Power Output of Photovoltaic Cells
3       Joseph N. Investigating the Ability of Plants to Remove Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide
3       Marissa J. The Effects of Blade Pitch on the Power Produced by Underwater Turbines

Engineering
1       Alexandria R. Optimizing the Thermo Electric Effect of a Peltier Cell by Manipulating the Thermal Differential Gradient to Increase Electrical Output
3       Thomas G. The Design Testing and Construction of an Autonomous Robot Capable of Obstacle Avoidance Year II
3       Mikayla N. The Design and Testing of a Voice Controlled Robot
4       Matthew P. The Design Construction and Testing of a System to Prevent Mid-Air Collisions
4       Zachary J. Using an Accelerometer to Compare the Ability of Robots Equipped with Wheels Legs or Treads to Navigate  Inclines

Environmental
1       Karlee D. The Effects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone Condylactis gigantea
1       Taylor S. The Affects of Ocean Acidification on the Endosymbiotic Zooxanthellae in the Pink-Tipped Sea Anemone Condylactis gigantea
2       Devon M. The Effects of Australian Pine Extract on the Growth of the Macroalgae Caulerpa
3       Nicolas W. An Investigation into the Use of Duckweed Lemna sp. to Bioremediate Freshwater Pollutants
4       Kody T. The Effects of Simulated Runoff on the Mortality of Fiddler Crabs Uca pugnax and the Common Shrimp Penaeus plebejus
4       Kylie L. The Effects of Acid Rain on the Growth of the Spiny Seaweed Aconthophora specifer
4       Carissa D. The Effects of UV Radiation on the Development and Mortality of the Variegated Sea Urchin Lytechnius variegatus


Mathematics
1 Hunter D. The Design Construction and Testing of a LEGO Gearbox Capable of Predicting Moon Phases and Tides
2 Urvesh A. Deriving a Formula to Predict the Curve of a Spidron Arm in Polygons with More than Four Sides


Medicine and Health
1 Courtney S. The Effects of Computer Monitor Radiation on the Tissue Regeneration Rate of Planaria Dugesia tigrina
2 Nicole O. The Effects of Electromagnetic Fields on Echinoderm Embryonic Development
3 Tyler B. The Effects of Bisphenol A on the Mortality Rate and Development of Drosophila melanogaster
4 JanCarlos R. Investigating the Effects of Acetaminophen on the Heart Rate of Daphnia magna
4 Kody Y. A Study of the Antiamoebic Properties of Lichen Extract

Microbiology
1 Renaldo S. Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) as a Method of Detecting Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria
2 Joy S. A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Capsaicin
3 Christina D. Investigating the Antimicrobial Effects of Extracts from the Red Planaria Convolutriloba retrogemma and the Red Ball Sponge Psuedaxinella lunaecharta
3 Khanh H. The Effects of Different Concentrations of Lysozyme on the Growth of Bacteria
4 Victoria F. Investigating the Antimicrobial Effects of Extracts from the Red Planaria Convolutriloba retrogemma and the Red Ball Sponge Psuedaxinella lunaecharta
4 Collin C. The Effects of Reduced Oxygen Levels on the Growth of Aerobic Bacteria

Physics and Astronomy
2 Michael C. Investigating the Properties of Magnetorheological Fluids
3 Linus F. Determining the Density of a Liquid using a Refractometer
4        Matthew C. Investigating the Effectiveness of an Acoustic Fire Extinguisher in Zero-G
4 Jacob F. A Study of the Factors Affecting Vibrational Frequency of a Guitar String

Plant Science
1       Kayla M. Comparing the Effectiveness of Hydroponic and Aquaponic Systems on the Growth of Lettuce Lactuca sativa
2       Sarah M. The Effects of Wi-Fi Radiation on the Growth of Radish Plants Raphanus sativus
3       Dixon K. The Effects of Alleopathic Extracts from the Australian Pine Causarine equisetifilia on the Growth  and Mortality of Radish Plants Raphanus sativus
3       Haley S. The Effect of Simulated Acid Rain on the Growth of American Waterweed Elodea canadensis
4       Emily G. Testing the Insect Repellant Properties of Natural Plant Extracts Made from Southernwood Artemisia abrotanum Spearmint Mentha spicata and Citronella Cymbopogon nardus

Stone Research Students Dominate the South Brevard Regional Science and Engineering Fair!

The South Brevard Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held at the Melbourne Square Mall this past weekend. Students from Central, Hoover, Southwest, Stone, and various private schools competed in 13 junior division categories ranging from behavioral science to zoology.

Stone students won 8 of the 13 first place awards and 10 second place awards taking a total of 47 place awards.

Stone students had more 1st place winners then all the other junior division schools combined!

Stone students also won numerous specials awards, with some students taking home as much as $750.00

Colleen K. won Alternate Biological Best of Show for her microbiology project titled:
A Comparative Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts on Staphylococcus epidermidis

The following students won bids to participate in the State Science and Engineering Fair in Orlando March 23-26!
Hunter D. • The Development and Testing of Bioassays to Evaluate the Toxicity of Simulated Runoff
Jessie D. • The Effects of Lavender Oil on the Growth of Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum
David F. • The Effects of Ocean Acidification on Three Marine Invertebrate Phyla: Cnidaria, Arthropoda and Mollusca
Ian H. • A Study of the Factors Affecting the Voltage Output of a Wet Cell Battery
Colleen K. • A Comparative Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts on Staphylococcus epidermidis
Cleo K. • Geobot II: Improving Functionality of an Automated Geological Sample Identification System
Nick P. • Programming a Robot to use Vision-Based Systems for Autonomous Navigation: Year II
Ivanna R. • A Multigenerational Study of the Effects of Cell Phone Radiation on the Development of the Fruit Fly, Drosophila melanogaster
Shiloh S. • The Effects of Lavender Oil on the Growth of Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum

The following students won bids to participate in the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge at the Orlando Science Center on March 12th
Dalton H. • The Development and Testing of Bioassays to Evaluate the Toxicity of Simulated Runoff
Ian H. • A Study of the Factors Affecting the Voltage Output of a Wet Cell Battery
Cleo K. • Geobot II: Improving Functionality of an Automated Geological Sample Identification System
Nicholas P. • Programming a Robot to use Vision-Based Systems for Autonomous Navigation: Year II


Stone students won 47 place awards. The winners are listed below.
First Place Winners
Hunter D. • The Development and Testing of Bioassays to Evaluate the Toxicity of Simulated Runoff
Jessie D. • The Effects of Lavender Oil on the Growth of Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum
David F. • The Effects of Ocean Acidification on Three Marine Invertebrate Phyla: Cnidaria, Arthropoda and Mollusca
Ian H. • A Study of the Factors Affecting the Voltage Output of a Wet Cell Battery
Colleen K. • A Comparative Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts on Staphylococcus epidermidis
Cleo K. • Geobot II: Improving Functionality of an Automated Geological Sample Identification System
Nicholas P. • Programming a Robot to use Vision-Based Systems for Autonomous Navigation: Year II
Ivanna R. • A Multigenerational Study of the Effects of Cell Phone Radiation on the Development of the Fruit Fly, Drosophila melanogaster
Shiloh S. • The Effects of Lavender Oil on the Growth of Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum

Second Place Winners
Natalie B. • The Development and Testing of a Cinnamon-Based Topical Cream Effective Against Staphylococcus
Thomas G. • The Design, Construction and Testing of an Autonomous Robot Capable of Obstacle Avoidance
Christopher G. • The Effects of an Increased Number of Coils on the Electrical Efficiency of an Inductor
Anisa K. • An Investigation into Natural Methods of Controlling Biofilms
William M. • The Design, Construction and Testing of an Autonomous Robot Capable of Obstacle Avoidance
Ceili M. • Ocean Acidification: The Effects of Low pH Levels on the Growth of the Calcareous Algae, Halimeda incrassata
Kayla M. • The Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on the Rate of Photosynthesis and Oxygen Production of American Water Weed, Elodea canadensis
Molly O. • An Investigation into Natural Methods of Controlling Biofilms
Kaleb S. • The Effects of Temperature on the Light Produced by the Chemiluminescenent Reaction in a Light Stick
Joy S. • Developing and Testing a Mathematical Model that Predicts the Rate of Oil Bioremediation by Pseudomonas putida

Third Place Winners
Tyler B. • The Effect of Bisphenol A on the Mortality Rate of Paramecium caudatum
Michael C. • A Mathematical Study of the Effects of Surfactants on Surface Tension
Karlee D. • A Comparitive Study of the Effects of UV Radiation on the Mortality of Echinoderm Larvae and Artemia nauplii
Khanh H. • A Study of the Ability of Bog-Adapted Plants to Adjust to Changes in pH
Brittany L. • A Study of the Phototaxic Response of Brine Shrimp, Artemia salina
Andrew L. • The Effects of Nanoparticle Concentration on the Heat Transfer Rate of a Coolant
Killian M. • The Effects of UV Radiation on the Bioluminescence Produced by the Sea Firefly, Cypridina hilgendorfii
Alexandra R. • Developing an Alternative Energy System using Heat Derived from an Internal Combustion Engine to Generate Electricity Utilizing the Thermoelectric Effect of a Peltier Cell
Maxwell S. • Chemical Kinetics: A Study of Factors Affecting the Rate of Chemical Reactions
Renaldo S. • Limulus Ameobocyte Lysate (LAL) as a Method of Detecting Bacterial Contamination
Shaquile S. • Chemical Kinetics: A Study of Factors Affecting the Rate of Chemical Reactions

Fouth Place Winners
Sarah C. • The Effects of Common Cooking Substances on Contact Lenses
Nicole C. • The Effects of Mycelium Booms on a Simulated Oil Spill
Christina D. • The Design, Construction and Testing of a Wave Powered Syphon Generator
Carissa D. • Enhancing the Performance of a Water Bottle Rocket through Design Modifications
Jacob H. • The Design, Construction and Testing of a Dynamic Buoyant Pontoon System
Seth J. • A Study of Drug Resistance in Daphnia
Gage M. • Enhancing the Performance of a Water Bottle Rocket through Design Modifications
Sarah M. • The Effects of Photoperiodism on the Reproductive Rate of Daphnia pluex
Devon M. • Investigating Allelopathic Properties of Australian Pine Extract
Nicole O. • The Effect of Sonar on the Metabolic Rate of Purple Sea Urchins (Strongylocentrotus purpuratus)
Bayan S. • Investigating Allelopathic Properties of Australian Pine Extract
Courtney S. • The Effects of Voltage on the Rate of Calcium Carbonate Accumulation in an Electrolytic System
Taylor S. • The Effects of UV Radiation on the Zooxanthellae in the Pink Tipped Sea Anemone, Condylactis gigantea
Skylar U. • Enhancing the Performance of a Water Bottle Rocket through Design Modifications
Jared V. • Investigating Allelopathic Properties of Australian Pine Extract
Nicolas W. • A Study of Duckweed, Lemna sp as a Method of Heavy Metal Bioremediation
Callie W. • A Study of Operant and Classical Conditioning in the Sea Hare, Pleurobranchaea californica

Stone Science Fair 2011


Below are the results of the Stone Science & Engineering Fair 2011.

Next is the regional fair where our students will be competing against other south area middle schools.

Students will setup their projects at the Melbourne Square Mall on Thursday 2/3/11.



Best of Show • Biological Science
Ceili M. Ocean Acidification: The Effects of Low pH Levels on the Growth of the Calcareous Algae, Halimeda incrassata

Best of Show • Physical Science
Nicholas P. Programming a Robot to use Vision-Based Systems for Autonomous Navigation: Year II

Team Spirit Award
Nicholas P. Programming a Robot to use Vision-Based Systems for Autonomous Navigation: Year II

Spirit of Science Award 7th Grade
Jada A. The Effects of Monitor Radiation on the Regeneration of the Freshwater Blackworm, Lumbriculus variegatus

Spirit of Science Award 8th Grade
Nicole C. The Effects of Mycelium Booms on a Simulated Oil Spill

Alumni Award 7th Grade
Christina D. The Design, Construction and Testing of a Wave Powered Syphon Generator

Alumni Award 8th Grade
Seth J. A Study of Drug Resistance in Daphnia

Best Backboard 7th Grade
Hunter D. The Development and Testing of Bioassays to Evaluate the Toxicity of Simulated Runoff

Best Backboard 8th Grade
Cleo K. Geobot II: Improving Functionality of an Automated Geological Sample Identification System









Category Place Awards:

Biological Science 1
1st Colleen K. A Comparative Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts on Staphylococcus epidermis
2nd Ivanna R. A Multigenerational Study of the Effects of Cell Phone Radiation on the Development of the Fruit Fly, Drosophila melanogaster
3rd Renaldo S. Limulus Ameobocyte Lysate (LAL) as a Method of Detecting Bacterial Contamination
4th Dean H. Biophotons: A Study of Weak Photon Emissions by Paramecium caudatum
5th Brittany L. A Study of the Phototaxic Response of Brine Shrimp, Artemia salina

Biological Science 2
1st Natalie B. The Development and Testing of a Cinnamon-Based Topical Cream Effective Against Staphylococcus epidermis
2nd Anisa K. An Investigation into Natural Methods of Controlling Biofilms
2nd Molly O’B. An Investigation into Natural Methods of Controlling Biofilms
3rd Sina H. A Study of the Competitive Effects of Two OTC Medications on Diffusion Through a Simulated Stomach Lining
4th Jada A. The Effects of Monitor Radiation on the Regeneration of the Freshwater Blackworm, Lumbriculus variegatus
5th Seth J. A Study of Drug Resistance in Daphnia

Biological Science 3
1st Sylvia O. The Effects of Different Types of Light on the Hatching Rate of Vanessa cardui Eggs
2nd Killian M. The Effects of UV Radiation on the Bioluminescence Produced by the Sea Firefly, Cypridina hilgendorfii
3rd Jessie D. The Effects of Lavender Oil on the Growth of Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum
3rd Shiloh S. The Effects of Lavender Oil on the Growth of Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum
4th Tyler B. The Effect of Bisphenol A on the Mortality Rate of Paramecium caudatum
5th Callie W. A Study of Operant and Classical Conditioning in the Sea Hare, Pleurobranchaea californica

Environmental Science 1
1st Ceili M. Ocean Acidification: The Effects of Low pH Levels on the Growth of the Calcareous Algae, Halimeda incrassata
2nd Hunter D. The Development and Testing of Bioassays to Evaluate the Toxicity of Simulated Runoff
3rd Kody T. The Effects of Oil Contamination on the Variegated Sea Urchin, Lytechinus variegatus, Brine Shrimp, Artemia salina and Plankton
4th Nicole C. The Effects of Mycelium Booms on a Simulated Oil Spill
5th Taylor S. The Effects of UV Radiation on the Zooxanthellae in the Pink Tipped Sea Anemone, Condylactis gigantea


Physical Science 1
1st Nicholas P. Programming a Robot to use Vision-Based Systems for Autonomous Navigation: Year II
2nd Alexandra R. Developing an Alternative Energy System using Heat Derived from an Internal Combustion Engine to Generate Electricity Utilizing the Thermoelectric Effect of a Peltier Cell
3rd Jacob H. The Design, Construction and Testing of a Dynamic Buoyant Pontoon System
4th Ian H. A Study of the Factors Affecting the Voltage Output of a Wet Cell Battery
5th Paige S. Maximizing the Power Production of a Small Scale Wind Turbine by Enhanced Blade Designs

Physical Science 2
1st Christopher G. The Effects of an Increased Number of Coils on the Electrical Efficiency of an Inductor
2nd Joy S. Developing and Testing a Mathematical Model that Predicts the Rate of Oil Bioremediation by Pseudomonas putida
3rd William M. The Design, Construction and Testing of an Autonomous Robot Capable of Obstacle Avoidance
4th Cleo K. Geobot II: Improving Functionality of an Automated Geological Sample Identification System
5th Victoria F. Comparing the Rf Values of Natural Pigments Using Chromatography

Results from eCybermission 2010

Stone has two winning regional eCybermission teams! These students deserve a hearty congratulations– this is a highly competitive national event. These teams competed against thousands of students from 12 SE states as well as students from Department of Defense’s schools in Europe and the Pacific.

Our 7th grade Team Strikers won 2nd place in the Southeast Region for their project on bacterial contamination. Each team member will receive $3,000 in savings bonds.
Team Striker members:
Natalie B.
Jessie D.
Colleen K.

Our 8th grade group, Team SOAR, has won Best application of Science for the Southeast Region for their project on alternative energy. Each team member will receive $2,000 in savings bonds.
Team SOAR members:
CJ B.
Judy R.
Ryan R.
Taylor S.

Stone Science Students Place at State Level!

This past week the State Science and Engineering Fair was held in Orlando. Over 1,000 of the top science students from all over Florida came together for 3 days of events including an opening ceremony, student mixers, field trips and competition. Stone research students did extremely well, with all of our students winning awards.

Taylor C. - Recognition Award in Engineering
Flockbots: Programming Robots to Communicate to Enhance Mission Success: Year 2

Harely D. and Kirra M. - 3rd place in Teams
The Extraction, Isolation and Testing of the Active Sunscreen Substance in Cassiopeia Mucus

Colleen K. - 2nd place in Microbiology
A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts

Killian M. - 3rd place in Biochemistry
The Effects of Temperature on the Bioluminescence Produced by the Sea Fire Fly, Cypridina hilgendorfii

Luis O'D. - 3rd place in Earth and Planetary science
Identifying the Correlation Between Minor Variations of the Earth’s Magnetic Field, Geomagnetic Storms, and Errors in GPS Signals

Stone Science Research Students Top in the State!



This past weekend, the Florida Junior Academy of Sciences annual conference was held at Indian River State College concurrent with the Florida Academy of Sciences 74th annual meeting. Senior academy scientists judged the junior academy research presentations.


Stone science research students had an incredible showing sweeping all three first places and taking 8 of the 12 junior division place awards!


Junior Biological
1st Place - Luke B.: The Effects of Bisphenol A on the Heart Rate of Water Fleas, Daphnia magna
3rd Place - Colleen K.: A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts

Junior Environmental
1st Place - Jerry C.: A Study of the Herbicidal Effects of Allelopathic Plant Extracts
2nd Place - Anisa K.: A Comparison of the Effects of Seawalls and Perched Beaches on the Amount of Beach Erosion
4th Place - Nicole C.: The Effects of Mycofiltration on Simulated Sewage Water
Recognition - Ivanna R.: The Effects of Cell Phone Radio Radiation on Fruit Flies,
Drosophilia melanogaster

Junior Physical
1st Place - Christopher H.: The Effects of a Base Isolation Bearing on a Building During Simulated Earthquakes
2nd Place - Austin S.: A Comparison of the Ability of Various Roof Designs to Withstand High Winds
4th Place - Taylor C.: Flockbots: Programming Robots to Communicate to Enhance Mission Success: Year 2

50% of FL Junior Academy of Scientists are Stone Students!

Science students from all over Florida submitted their research papers to the Florida Junior Academy of Sciences in hopes of being selected to present their research at the academy’s annual conference.

This year the conference is being held at Indian River State College on March 20th. Stone research students had a remarkable showing, with 15 Stone students being selected to present at the conference –
50% of the students selected state-wide were Stone research students!

The following students will be representing Stone at the annual FJAS conference:

C.J. B.
Luke B.
Taylor C.
Nicole C.
Jerry C.
Jesse D.
Christopher H.
Colleen K.
Anisa K.
Cleo K.
Isabel L.
Kalil M.
Ivanna R.
Austin S.
Taylor S.

Science Research Students Bring Home More Place Awards Than Any Other School!


This past Friday and Saturday the Brevard South Science and Engineering Fair was held at the Melbourne Square Mall. Over 325 students from both public and private secondary schools participated.

The competition was intense, but Stone students had an outstanding showing taking more place awards than any school. Stone students took 46 place awards!


State Science and Engineering Fair & the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge
The following students won state science fair bids and will be attending the State Science and Engineering Fair in Orlando April 7-10 and the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge in Orlando March 12-13:
Taylor C.       Harley D.       Kirra M.       Killian M.       Luis O’D.
A State Science and Engineering Fair bid also was awarded to
Colleen K.

Alternate Best of Show for the South Brevard Science and Engineering Fair
Luis O’D.       Identifying the Correlation Between Minor Variations of the Earth’s Magnetic Field, Geomagnetic Storms, and Errors in GPS Signals

Place Awards (by Category)
Animal Science/Zoology
2nd   
Ryan R.       The Effects of Social Interactions on the Electric Fields Produced by the Black Ghost Knife Fish, Apteronotus albifrons
4th
John S.       A Study of Nematodes as a Method of Insect Control: Year 2

Behavioral and Social
2nd   
Isabel L.       The Effects of Noise Pollution on the Behavior and Mortality of Daphnia magna

Biochemistry
1st  
Killian M.       The Effects of Temperature on the Bioluminescence Produced by the Sea Fire Fly, Cypridina hilgendorfii
4th
Vaughne C.-G.       The Effects of Artificial Sweeteners on the Metabolism of Yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisae

Chemistry
3rd    
Brianna S.       The Effects of Environmental Conditions on Fingerprint Quality

Computer Science
1st
Carter T.       Flockbots: Programming Robots to Communicate to Enhance Mission Success: Year 2
2nd   
Dakota W.       Automatic Aquarium: Making an Automated System to Monitor Aquarium Chemistry
4th
Jordon L.       Dragon Attack: Programming a Video Game in the Alice Environment

Earth and Planetary Science
1st
Luis O’D.       Identifying the Correlation Between Minor Variations of the Earth‚s Magnetic Field, Geomagnetic Storms, and Errors in GPS Signals
2nd   
Cleo K.       Geobot: An Automated Geological Sample Identification System
4th
Austin S.       A Comparison of the Ability of Various Roof Designs to Withstand High Winds

Engineering
3rd
Nicholas P. Programming a Robot to Use Vision-Based Systems for Autonomous Navigation
3rd
Adrienne C.       A Study of RF ID Radio Frequency Identification
4th
Judith R.       The Design, Construction and Testing of an Emergency Solar Water Purification System
4th
Vincent Y. The Design, Development, and Testing of a Robot that can Evaluate Indoor Air Quality
4th
William M. The Design and Construction of a Magnetic Piston Engine

Environmental Science
3rd
Conway B.       A Comparison of Various Algae Species as a Renewable Source of Biofuel
3rd
Victoria L.       Testing Various Techniques to Prevent Coastal Erosion
4th
Sylvia O.       The Effects of UV Radiation on the Painted Lady Butterfly, Vanessa cardui

Mathematics
3rd
Rica C.       Predicting Future Stock Market Fluctuations Based on Past Statistics

Medicine and Health
2nd    Natalie B.       The Effects of Cinnamon on the Blood Glucose Levels of the Red Swamp Crayfish, Procambarus clarkii
2nd
Ivanna R.       The Effects of Cell Phone Radio Radiation on Fruit Flies, Drosophilia melanogaster
3rd
Kelsey J.       The Effects of Artificial Sweeteners on the Growth of Planaria Tissue
3rd
Judy M.       The Effects of Dietary Glucose on the the Heart Rate, Blood Glucose Level and Physical Activity of the Red Swamp Crayfish, Procambarus clarkii
4th
Luke B.       The Effects of Bisphenol A on the Heart Rate of Water Fleas, Daphnia magna
4th
Zachary H.       A Study of the Antiamoebic Properties of Plant Extracts

Microbiology
1st Colleen K.       A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts
3rd
Molly O’B.       A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Rosemary Extract on Escherichia coli
4th
Casandra R.       A Comparison of the Anitmicrobial Effects of Low Voltage Electricity on Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Bacteria
4th
Nicole C.       The Effects of Mycofiltration on Simulated Sewage Water

Physics and Astronomy
3rd
Taylor S.       The Design, Construction, and Testing of Novel Water Turbines
3rd
Jacob H.       A Study of Sail Material on the Effectiveness of a Ship Sail
4th
Christopher G.       A Study of Factors Affecting the Strength of Ferrofluids

Plant Science/Botany
3rd Jessie D.       A Study of Methods of Controlling the Growth of Caulerpa sps.
3rd
Seth J.       The Effects of Simulated Acid Rain on the Oxygen Production and the Chlorophyll Content of Aquatic Plants
4th
Jerry C.       A Study of the Herbicidal Effects of Allelopathic Plant Extracts

Team Projects
1st
Dungee H. & Kirra M.       The Extraction, Isolation and Testing of the Active Sunscreen Substance in Cassiopeia Mucus
3rd
Shiloh S., William H. & Alexa D. Enhancing the Performance of a Water Bottle Rocket through Design Modifications
4th
Michael T. & Gabriel W.-V.       The Design, Construction, and Testing of a Magnetic Motor
4th
Celina S. & Rebecca N.       A Comparison of the Load Bearing Capacity of Various Truss Designs

Stone Middle School Science Fair Results

Special Awards:

Best of Show • Biological
Nicole C. • The Effects of Mycofiltration on Simulated Sewage Water

Best of Show • Physical
Taylor C. • Flockbots: Programming Robots to Communicate to Enhance Mission Success: Year 2

Team Spirit Award
Ryan R. • The Effects of Social Interactions on the Electric Fields Produced by the Black Ghost Knife Fish, Apteronotus albifrons

Spirit of Science Award
Madison K. • A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Red Sponge Extract on Gram-Positive and Gram-Negative Bacteria

Alumni Award 7th Grade
Ivanna R. • The Effects of Cell Phone Radio Radiation on Fruit Flies, Drosophilia melanogaster

Alumni Award 8th Grade
Alexander N. • A Study of Nanorust as a Method of Heavy Metal Remediation

Best Backboard 7th Grade
Cleo K. • Geobot: An Automated Geological Sample Identification System

Best Backboard 8th Grade
Kalil M. • Investigating the Effects of Various Plant Extracts on the Mortality of the Northern House Mosquito, Culex pipiens and the Eastern Subterranean Termite, Reticulitermes flavipes

Category Awards:

Biological Science 1
1 Natalie B. • The Effects of Cinnamon on the Blood Glucose Levels of the Red Swamp Crayfish, Procambarus clarkii
2 Colleen K. • A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Mushroom Extracts
3 Victoria S. • The Effects of a Hydroponic System and an Aeroponic System on the Oxygen Production Levels of Plants
4 Jasmin P. • The Effects of Common OTC Medications on the Behavior and Mortality of the Apple Snails
5 Brittany B. • A Study of the Effectiveness of Disinfectants on Hard Surfaces

Biological Science 2
1 Judy M. • The Effects of Dietary Glucose on the the Heart Rate, Blood Glucose Level and Physical Activity of the Red Swamp Crayfish, Procambarus clarkii
2 Molly O. • A Study of the Antimicrobial Effects of Rosemary Extract on Escherichia coli
3 Casandra R. • A Comparison of the Anitmicrobial Effects of Low Voltage Electricity on Gram-Negative and Gram-Positive Bacteria
4 Harley D. • The Extraction, Isolation and Testing of the Active Sunscreen Substance in Cassiopeia Mucus
4 Kirra M. • The Extraction, Isolation and Testing of the Active Sunscreen Substance in Cassiopeia Mucus
5 Luke B. • The Effects of Bisphenol A on the Heart Rate of Water Fleas, Daphnia magna

Environmental
1 Nicole C. • The Effects of Mycofiltration on Simulated Sewage Water
2 Rebecca C. • Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Simulated Saltwater Marsh and a Simulated Freshwater Marsh at Removing Nitrogen Contamination
3 Jessie D. • A Study of Methods of Controlling the Growth of Caulerpa sps.
4 Isabel L. • The Effects of Noise Pollution on the Behavior and Mortality of Daphnia magna
5 Sylvia O. • The Effects of UV Radiation on the Painted Lady Butterfly, Vanessa cardui

Physical Science 1
1 Luis O. • Identifying the Correlation Between Minor Variations of the Earth’s Magnetic Field, Geomagnetic Storms, and Errors in GPS Signals
2 William M. • The Design and Construction of a Magnetic Piston Engine
3 Judith R. • The Design, Construction and Testing of an Emergency Solar Water Purification System
4 Christopher H. • The Effects of a Base Isolation Bearing on a Building During Simulated Earthquakes
5 Cleo K. • Geobot: An Automated Geological Sample Identification System

Physical Science 2
1 Taylor C. • Flockbots: Programming Robots to Communicate to Enhance Mission Success: Year 2
2 Christopher G. • A Study of Factors Affecting the Strength of Ferrofluids
3 Taylor S. • The Design, Construction, and Testing of Novel Water Turbines
4 Michael T. • The Design, Construction, and Testing of a Magnetic Motor
4 Gabriel W.-V. • The Design, Construction, and Testing of a Magnetic Motor
5 Brianna S. • The Effects of Environmental Conditions on Fingerprint Quality

Stone Alumni Rock the Stone Science Fair!

On January 21st, 35 alumni from Stone Middle School’s Science research program returned to the hallowed halls of their former school to judge this year’s Stone Middle School Science Fair. Stone Staff, administration and Science Research teachers are very appreciative of these young experts tackling the difficult job of interviewing approximately 80 seventh and eighth grade students, and then deciding who in each group has the best research design and understanding of their project.

The Stone Middle School Science Fair is a one day dress rehearsal amongst students that are enrolled in this elective course prior to the
main event – the Regional Science Fair held on January 29th and 30th in the Melbourne Square Mall. Here, our students will go head to head with over 300 other South Brevard students for place awards as well as cash and prizes.

Rich Regan, the lead Science Research teacher, began the tradition of holding a Stone Middle School Science Fair over two decades ago. It is a great way of continuing the education of our alumni as they revisit the learning objectives of their years at Stone, and apply them to new science research topics and problems. Former students have had personal first hand experience with the difficulties of developing and executing a science project. Current students appreciate the opportunity to be interviewed by their slightly older peers.

Junior Scientists–Senior Scientists
Lifelong learning
Another Way that Stone Students Rock!!!

Stone Students Bring Home $32,000 in Prize Money with First Place in the Nation

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Mr. Campbell Reports from International Science Fair

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Exemplary Projects in Energy and Conservation

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Scientists Recognized at State Conference

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Invited to Florida Junior Academy of Sciences Conference

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Science Research Students Excel at Regional Science Fair

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Stone Students #1 in National Competition

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Explorers Team Forms Research Partnership with Cornell University

National Finalists in the Army’s eCybermission Competition!

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State Science Fair Students All Winners!

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The Science of Winning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "STONE STUDENTS ROCK!"

This past weekend we had two science related competitions Stone students competed in: the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge at the Orlando Science Center and the Florida Junior Academy of Sciences Conference at Jacksonville University.

Both of these events are very competitive - to enter the Science Challenge, students must be 1st place winners at a regional science fair in Central Florida and to present at the Florida Junior Academy of Sciences Conference, students are selected based on their written research from state-wide applicants.

The following students placed at one of these prestigious competitions:

1st PlaceOrlando Science Center Science Challenge
Zen C. and Spencer T. for their team project titled The Design, Development and Testing of a Robotic Air Duct Sterilization System

2nd PlaceFlorida Junior Academy of Sciences Conference
Jason D. for his project titled The Design and Construction of a Robotic System able to Navigate Through Traffic Obstacles

3rd PlaceFlorida Junior Academy of Sciences Conference
Dalton S. for his project titled The Measurement of Sunspot Created Interference at Various Radio Frequencies

Please congratulate these students when you see them - it is very difficult to place at these events.

Stone Students Take 1 out of every 5 Invites to Florida Junior Academy!

The following science research students have been invited to present their research at the annual Florida Junior Academy of Science State conference. Approximately 50 students from the entire state win the opportunity to present at Junior Academy. Students are selected based on a formal research paper that was submitted for judging in January.

The conference and competition will be held in Jacksonville on Saturday 3/15/08 at Jacksonville University.

Jason D.
Ryan C.
Sarah E.
Nima H.
Mark S.
Andrew S.
Dalton S.
Chris T.
Brooke W.

The Tradition Continues: Stone Science Research Rules!

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Stone Science Acknowledges Hard Work

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Stone Student a Zero Gravity "Body Double" for Stephen Hawking!

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State Science & Engineering Fair

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Orlando Science Center - Another 1st in Central Florida!

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Florida Junior Academy of Science Conference- Stone Shines Again!

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2007 Science Research- Unprecedented Number of Bids to State & National Competitions

Stone Science Research has a tradition of excellence that is demonstrated yearly at our regional science fair.

This year our students have out-done their predecessors-capturing an unmatched number of bids to State and National competitions.

Stone science research students won:

  • 10 bids to the State Science and Engineering Fair
  • 16 bids to the Florida Junior Academy of Sciences Paper Competition
  • 7 bids to the Orlando Science Center Science Challenge
  • 11 bids to the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge.


Florida Junior Academy of Sciences Paper Competition
Tampa • Saturday, March 17th, 2007

The follow students have been selected to present their research to judges, scientists and other students at the annual academy conference. Approximately
45 students are selected statewide and 16 of those students are from Stone!
Jacob A., Zen C., Jason D., Courtney F., Kayla J., Rishita J., Tim S. J., Fiona K., Natasha K., Kyle K., Melissa S., Amber S., Brooke W., Mason W., Kyle W., & Sarah Z.

Orlando Science Center Science Challenge
Orlando • Saturday March 24th, 2007

Students in physical science categories compete with outstanding science students from central Florida counties. Cierra C., Tim A. J., Natasha K., Martin M., Ashley P., Justin R., & Jacob S.

State Science and Engineering Fair
Fort Myers • Wednesday April 11th to Saturday April 14th, 2007

Lauren A., Rishita J., Tim A. J., Fiona K., Natasha K., Martin M., Ashley P., Justin R., Jacob S., & Melissa S.

Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge
This the premier national science competition for Middle School Students. Forty students from around the nation will be selected to compete in Washington, D.C. next fall. Students win an opportunity to summit an application packet by excelling at their regional science fair. The first place national winner of this competition receives $15,000! Lauren A., Cierra C., Rishita J., Tim A. J., Fiona K., Natasha K., Martin M., Ashley P., Justin R., Jacob S., & Melissa S.

Stone Research Students Dominate the South Brevard Regional Science and Engineering Fair

The South Brevard Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held at the Melbourne Square Mall this past weekend.

Students from Central, Hoover, Southwest, Stone, Westshore and various private schools competed in 14 junior division categories ranging from behavioral science to zoology.

Stone students won 10 of the 14 first place awards and 9 second place awards taking a total of 50 place awards. Stone had almost 3 times the 1st place winners than all the other schools combined! We also scored one of the two Best of Shows and one of the two Alternate Best of Shows.

The research teachers and students would like to thank all the teachers and administrators for supporting their efforts. We would especially like to thank all the teachers that allowed students out of their classes to work on their science projects.

The First Place Winners From Stone Middle School


(left front row) Justin R., Ashley P., Melissa S., Natasha K., Rishita J. (Best of Show!)
(middle row) Rich Regan, research teacher, Martin M., Lauren A., Fiona K., Tim J., Jacob S.
(back row) research sponsors: Karen Regan, Jared Campbell
(not shown) First Place Winner Sierra C., research sponsors: Barbara Beehler, Geri Riley, Gordon Shupe

Stone Science Fair Winners

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Another shot at the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Award!

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Young Scientist Challenge Finalists Announced -Stone is There!

Two Brevard Middle School students are among 40 national finalists selected to compete for the title “Top Young Scientist of the Year” and more than $100,000 worth of scholarships and prizes. Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High had one of the two national finalist and we at Stone Middle School are proud to announce the second finalist is one of our own!

Almas (who is now in the ninth grade but did her research project here at Stone Middle School last year) was selected to travel to Washington, D.C. October 21-25, 2006 to compete for the coveted prize. She was selected from a group of 400 talented semi-finalists nationally. Semi-finalists were chosen from 2,000 invited applicants, out of a pool of 75,000 top student scientists across the nation.

Often described as the "Nobel Prize for Research Students", the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for middle school students.



Stone is the only school in Florida to have had a Discovery Young Scientist National Winner (in 2001).

Study of Chaos Leads to National Recognition

Almas A. is a Discovery Young Scientist Challenge finalist. This is a very competitive national level competition and is considered by some to be the "Nobel Prize" for Middle School. She will be going to Washington, D.C. in October with the other 39 finalists. This is a very prestigious event with first place being $15,000. Some of you may recall that we had a Discovery Young Scientist Challenge 1st place winner in the past - the only one from Florida!

Her project title was: Universal Law for the Periodic Windows within Chaos in the Logistic Model for Biological Populations

Stone Science Research Students Excel at the 51st State Science and Engineering Fair!

Stone Middle once again showed up on stage at the 51st Florida State Science and Engineering Fair Awards Ceremony this past weekend. Florida's best science students competed at the Orlando Conventions Center for recognition and awards. We would like to reiterate - the students that attended were competing against the best students in the state of Florida!


Stone students had an outstanding showing in this very competitive event:

1st place in Mathematics - Almas A.
2nd place in Biochemistry - Karah G.
2nd place in Earth and Space - Carlee J.
2nd place in Engineering - Peeraya S.
4th place in Teams - Cory D.
4th place in Teams - Kyle F.

Please congratulate these students - it is very difficult to place at this level of competition.

7th & 8th Graders Beat High School & College Students

Stone Middle School’s remotely operated vehicle team, the Stone Submersible Squad (S3), participated in the 2006 Marine Advanced Technology Education Center’s Florida regional ROV competition this past Saturday, April 8th. The competition was held at Adventure Island in Tampa. ROV’s or remotely operated vehicles are small submarine like devices with on-board video cameras and thrusters allowing the student pilot to control the ROV from the surface via an umbilical cord.

The competition centered around completing a series of timed underwater challenges using a ROV built by the students. These challenges included releasing a simulated acoustical transponder and installing a simulated electronics module into a protective frame and then connecting a power cable to the electronics module.

Stone’s S3 Team competed against College and High School Teams
from around Florida and took home 3rd place!


Team members were James F., Karah G., Carlee J., Kyle K., Mason W., and Kyle W. The team was coached by Mr. Campbell and Mr. Regan.

Students competing at Adventure Island in Tampa.

Slide Show and more pictures here!

Science Research Students @ Stone Continue Their Winning Ways!

Stone science research students competed in two competitions this weekend and had an amazing showing.

Both of these competitions are state level science events that are extremely competitive.

Florida Junior Academy of Science

The Florida Junior Academy of Science held it’s annual conference and paper competition at the Florida Institute of Technology on Saturday March 11th. Outstanding research students from all over Florida were invited to present their research. Junior division students presented in one of three categories: Biological Science, Environmental Science and Physical Science.

Stone students took two of the three 1st place awards! Happy

The results are as follows:
Karah G. - 1st place in Biological Science
Mason W. - 1st place in Physical Science
Marie D. - 2nd place in Biological Science
Mellissa S. - 4th place in Biological Science


The competition for bids to present is very tough - being selected to present is an honor and involves giving a formal “lecture style” presentation. The following students also presented their research and did a great job:

Fiona K.
Kyle K.
Brooke W.


Lockheed Martin Science Challenge at the Orlando Science Center

Stone researchers also participated in the Lockheed Martin Science Challenge at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday March 11th. This event is extremely competitive because all the participants are first place winners from central Florida regional science fairs and only one award in giving in each category. Stone students captured two 1st place awards!

Carlee J. - 1st place in Earth and Space Science
Almas A. - 1st place in Mathematics

More Place Awards Than All Other Schools Put Together- the Results of the Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Stone Middle School students once again filled the stage at the South Brevard Science and Engineering Fair. Dominating in nearly every category, Stone received more place awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places) than the total of all the other South Brevard schools put together. Another significant success, Stone Middle students nearly swept the Junior Division Best of Shows. Stone only competes in the Junior Division (Senior Division is 9th grade and up). There are four Junior Best of Show Awards. Stone received three of the four!


Here are the highlights:
58 students from Stone won place awards. That is more that all the other schools participating in junior division combined. The school with the second most awards had 10 - Stone students won almost 6 times as many place awards as any other middle school. Total place awards are as follows: 1st place - 7 students, 2nd place - 10, 3rd place 17 and 4th place 24 for a total of 58 students placing.

74.4% of the Stone students took a place award - that is a very high “success rate”.
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Stone had 15 1st/2nd place awards, again more than all the other junior division schools combined. The school with the second most 1st/2nd places had 5.

We also had 7 students win bids to the State Science Fair in Orlando (again more than any other school). The state bid winners are: Almas A., Marie D., Cory D., Kyle F., Karah G., Carlee J. and Peeraya S.. These students will be representing Stone and Brevard County at the State Science and Engineering Fair April 19-22. These students will also attend the State Bid Winners trip to the Brevard Intracoastal Regional Fair on Friday 2/10/06.

Stone students also took both Best of Show awards and one of the two Alternate Best of Show awards. The Best of Show winners are:

Best of Show Biological Science: Marie D. - Isolating and Analyzing the Antimicrobial Properties of Grapefruit Pulp Extracts

Best of Show Physical Science: Almas A. - Universal Law for the Periodic Windows within Chaos in the Logistic Model for Biological Populations

Alternate Best of Show Physical Science: Carlee J. - Revisiting the Pathfinder Mission: Determining the Mission Readiness of Three Types of Robotic Rovers
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