Young Scientists Make Their Mark at Connolly


Innovations abound at Connolly Elementary School as fourth and fifth graders recently participated in the school’s science fair. Projects from Brian Stanco’s  “The Amazing Gravity Defying Balloon Hover Craft” to Owen Grennan’s “Start Your Engines” to Jolee Murphy’s “Loop the Loop” graced the floor of the school’s gymnasium as students presented their experiments to their grade-level peers, parents, teachers and other students in attendance.

For example: Fifth grader Will Casale of Sue Stanco’s class explained his project on DNA to Glen Cove Science Chairperson Thomas Pye and Connolly School Principal Rosemarie Sekelsky; Fourth grader Trinity Hudson of Erin O'Beirne's class displayed her project on bacteria; Fifth grader Brian Stanco of Alison Fletcher’s class demonstrated his project entitled “The Amazing Gravity Defying Balloon Hover Craft”; Francesca DiCaterino (Maureen Hellman’s class) demonstrated how sound is transported from one phone to another enabled her to have a conversation with fellow student Jared Jackson; Michael Capobianco of Frank Moneleone’s class demonstrated his project on how a tornado forms when Canadian air, Rocky mountain air and warm air from the Gulf meet;
Fourth grader Sal Guastella of Dora Ricciardi’s class explained his project entitled “Melter Skelter” to show why certain ice creams melt faster than others; Antonio Diana and James Wiese demonstrated why a larger parachute ensures a softer landing for skydivers; For her project entitled “I’m Steaming” Amanda Ieraci of Denise Reynold’s fifth-grade class attempted to use the sun’s rays to boil a pot of water; Owen Grennan of Alison Fletcher’s class demonstrated how controlling air intake affects how fast a motor runs for his project “Start Your Engines” ; and Jolee Murphy measured the height of her “Loop the Loop” to determine how fast a ball could travel through a track.

From Hypothesis to Conclusion, the youngsters gave detailed accounts of their venture through the scientific process, impressing all that were on hand. Every project was hands-on and taught students about research and trial and error. The projects also allowed students to fine tune their problem-solving skills, helping them to become more self-reliant, logical thinkers.