MORRISTOWN, NJ - Fusion Academy Morristown held its first science fair on Wednesday, May 15. Staff, students, and families were invited to see student projects during this evening event.
Science Department Head Laura Snow planned this event. Snow has deep interest in sustainability and environmental science. As a result, she has led the campus to begin a recycling program, reduce plastic intakes, and compost regularly. Snow is developing a garden and garden area. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science from Kean University and an associate degree in the Arts in Music Performance from the County College of Morris. She has passed her passion for the environment, especially ocean health, on to her students.
The science fair projects ranged in topic. Many of the students share Laura’s passion for the environment. Bridget Murphy explored the different types of plastics and how they affect reefs. Nate Mendez’s project focused on the importance of corals. Evelyn Huang questioned if we can reduce the amount of kitchen plastics in a cost-effective way. Alec Brandman researched marine plastic on the island of Elliott Key. Ally Harrison researched microplastics. She looked at what they are and how they impact human and animal species. Dylan Karam presented Compost: the Story which culminated in a “how to get started” tutorial.
Other students focused on physical impacts on the body. Sasha Proper posed the question: How bad is fast food on your digestive system? Laura and Sasha took a field trip to McDonalds, Wendy’s, and Burger King as a part of the project. They bought the same food in each restaurant, added hydrochloric acid to the food samples, waited three days then added enzymes to the samples. Mira Gerike took a deeper look at arties and veins.
One student was unable to present his project in person due to an illness. Electives Department Head Kevin Madden made sure that the student was not only able to present his science project, but see all the other students’ projects using Zoom technology.
Fusion is a revolutionary community of learning that meets students where they are. Through positive relationships and personalized learning solutions, we unlock academic potential and create opportunities for emotional and social growth. In addition to teaching middle and high school science, Snow will be teaching the following electives this summer: Marine Conservation, Gardening, Freshwater Ecology, the Science of Cooking, and Meterology.
Fusion Academy Morristown is located on South Street in Morristown.