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Sophomore Somers Science Research Competition Features Nine Student Presentations

Nine sophomore students presented their research at the Somers Science Research Fair at Somers High School on Saturday, June 1.
Nine sophomore students presented their research at the Somers Science Research Fair at Somers High School on Saturday, June 1. Photo Credit: Somers High School

Nine sophomore students presented their scientific research as competitors at the Somers Science Research Fair at Somers High School on Saturday, June 1.

Students presented their research using posters to a panel of judges, which included science research graduates, seniors and professionals in the field.

Ditte Isak won first place in the engineering category with a presentation regarding the design and manufacturing of a flying device for free personal use using cellular solids for mobility and agility in flight.

“I am just a really stubborn adrenaline junkie with a dream to fly and a complete disregard for realistic expectations,” said Ditte.

Susannah Smith, who placed third in engineering, presented research about the reduction of turbines blade core shift during the casting process. She noted that she enjoyed presenting and interacting with other engineering students because it gave her the opportunity to “share ideas and make new friends.”

Lauren Radicchi, who placed third in behavioral science, researched the impact of using technology before sleep as well as its impact on implicit and explicit memory retention.

“I’m really glad I had the chance to show off the research I’ve worked so hard on all year and to be rewarded for my efforts,” she said.

Hayden Housen placed third in computer science/mathematics. Specializing in generating notes from lectures using LSTM GANs and supervised machine learning methods, Hayden noted, “I got into machine learning and computer vision because I have been interested in computers ever since I was little and the ability of a computer to learn on its own without my input amazes me."

Lauren Tocci placed second in behavioral science, studied the implementation of a new interactive line queue system in an amusement park.

Lauren’s sentiments about the event are hopefully shared by the other students as well:

"Somers was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had,” she said. “It was a great experience all around."

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