Seventh-grader Nils Coffey was one of the first-place winners in the 2015 Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club, where he competed against more than 150 middle school students. Nils is enrolled in eighth-grade science and math courses, including Science Research Core Extension 8, for which he conducted an experiment titled “Does magnetism affect the directional path of muon particles in a cloud chamber?” For his project, Nils built a cloud chamber and took video of the streaming particles in it.
Science teacher Alyssa Anderson said Nils is an exceptional student who is deserving of the first-place award. “His hard work and dedication to science is extraordinary,” she said. “I am extremely proud of him.”
Nils will now apply to enter his project in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Broadcom MASTERS. He must write a paper about his experiment as part of the application process, and if chosen, he will compete in October 2015. He will also enter the Long Island Science Congress in April.
Eighth-grader Kathania Fredes also participated in LISEF with her experiment, “How does music affect mood?” She will join Nils to compete in the LISC with her project.
The district congratulates both of these young scientists and wishes them luck in the upcoming competitions.