Birchwood Students Flex Brain Muscles At Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair

Birchwood School of Hawken’s seventh and eighth graders brought home several top three trophies as well as a variety of special awards while competing at the 70th annual Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair (NEOSEF), held March 13-16, at Cleveland State University.

Birchwood’s eighth graders earned a trio of second-place finishes, as well as a pair of third-place and honorable mention placements. The school’s seventh-graders delivered first-place and third-place rankings, along with an honorable mention.  

Results and special awards earned by the Birchwood School of Hawken students are:

Seventh Graders
Leen Salem – 1st Place: “The Amount of Electrolytes in Advertised Energy Drinks.”
Joshua Thomas – 3rd Place: “Which Form of Fruit Causes the Least Spike in Blood Sugar?”
Reeve Vincent – Honorable Mention: “Which Pain Reliever has the Fastest Dissolution Time: Brand or Generic?”
Eighth Graders
Joshua Gordon – 2nd Place: “Soundproofing.” Special award: Cleveland Chemical Association.
Caroline Lu – 2nd Place: “Renewable Biofuel: Shifting the Energy Paradigm.” Special awards:
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • NEOSEF Board of Directors Award
Sabrina Syed – 2nd Place: “Which Color Migrates the Farthest in a Gel Electrophoresis Chamber?” Special award: American Chemical Society, Cleveland Section.
Yara Salam – 3rd Place: “Pepto Bismol in Different Temperatures.”
Ayat Jaffar – 3rd Place: “Transparent Luminescent Solar Concentrator vs. Conventional Solar Panels.” Special awards:
  • American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
  • FirstEnergy Corp.
  • Great Lakes Science Center
  • Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Cleveland Section
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge
  • U.S. Air Force
Ted Alten – Honorable Mention: “Which Type of Fan is the Most Energy Efficient?”
Manya Raina – Honorable Mention: “Which Inhibitor is the Faster Drug to Treat Kidney Stones?” Special award: U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Office of Naval Research.