Fifteen Grade 6 students and science teacher Doug Dodd traveled to the John Paul Jones Arena on March 14 to represent St. Anne's-Belfield School in the 2019 Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair (VPRSF). The VPRSF is a competition in which students exhibit and demonstrate their projects to judges and the public. This year's fair included nearly 400 students from more than 30 public and independent schools throughout our region.
Students were judged in the Junior Division (Grades 6 - 8), in which they competed for first, second, third, and honorable mention awards in nine different science and engineering categories. All of our students did a wonderful job, and as noted by the fair officials, every participating student is a winner. However, certain students were singled out for special recognition:
- Will Browne '25 won the first place medal in Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering
- Willow Pemberton '25 won the first place medal in Environmental Science
- Jack Mullins '25 won the third place medal in Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical
- Hannah Tricker '25 won the National Ground Intelligence Center Physical Sciences Award
- Eight others received honorable mention blue ribbons
Browne and Pemberton, by virtue of winning their individual categories, also won the Broadcomm Masters award, which includes an invitation to participate in the Broadcomm Masters National Science Fair this summer in Washington, D.C.
"I am so proud of every one of our students," said Dodd. "What's truly amazing is that the Junior competition is not divided by grade level, which means our sixth graders were not only first-time participants and among the youngest students at the Fair, but they were also competing directly against seventh and eighth graders in each of their categories. And they all did an awesome job!"
The VPRSF in its thirty-eighth year. It is designed to serve several purposes: it stimulates in young people an active interest in science and engineering; it provides an educational experience to students through exposure to mentors, judges and the public; and it provides a forum for talented students to interact with peers with similar interests and to receive public recognition for their work. Students work diligently to prepare projects involving mathematical, scientific and engineering principles. Projects are organized into 17 separate categories in both the Junior and Senior Divisions.