South Jersey Science Programs Spotlighted at Coriell Science Fair

March 2015

science-fair-2015BLACKWOOD, NJ – Students, teachers, parents and family members gathered on the Camden County College Blackwood campus Saturday, March 21 for the 34th Annual Coriell Science Fair.

Recognized as one of the largest and longest running fairs in the region, the Coriell event drew hundreds of gifted student scientists in grades 6-12 from schools in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties.

"New Jersey is an established leader in the area of education, and the tremendous South Jersey school systems have been essential to earning that distinction," says Dr. Michael Christman, President and CEO of Coriell Institute. "I continue to be impressed – and encouraged, as a science professional – by the rigorous and comprehensive curriculum being taught and learned in our local classrooms."

A range of scientific categories were represented at the Coriell Fair, including behavioral and social sciences, engineering, medicine & health, and many more. Students demonstrated their creativity, critical thinking skills and societal regard by submitting an assortment of interesting and constructive projects:

  • Is There a Cognitive Bias in Online Reviews? A Case Study on Yelp Reviews
  • Designing DNA Scaffolds for Biomedical Uses
  • Land and Sea Ice Reflection's Effect on Global Warming
  • Which Citrus Fruit Will Charge My iPhone Fastest?
  • Thermochemistry: Can a Change in Pressure and Volume Directly Affect the Enthalpy of a Non-Ideal Gas?
  • The Effects of Over-the-counter Painkillers on Liver Anatomy
  • Synthesis for an Edible Alternative to Plastic Bottles
  • Simple Alternative to Road Salt
  • Too Much Chocolate!
  • How Does Playing Video Games Affect Your Adrenaline?
  • Computer Bug: A Study of Bacteria Comparing Traditional Keyboards and On-Screen Keyboards in Personal Settings

In addition to special awards, cash prizes and college scholarships, students completed for an opportunity to advance to the regional finals March 31 to April 2 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Coriell acknowledges the contributions of several key community sponsors, including TD Bank, Camden County College, Burlington County College, Dow Chemical Company, Gallagher Bollinger, PSE&G and Rowan College at Gloucester County.

For more information about the Coriell Science Fair, including winners and program book, please visit http://www.coriell.org/education/science-fair.

About Coriell Institute
Coriell Institute for Medical Research is an independent, non-profit biomedical research center based in Camden, New Jersey. Founded in 1953, the Institute is a pioneer in genomics, examining the utility of genetic information in clinical care through the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative (CPMC) research study (cpmc.coriell.org). Coriell is also unlocking the promise of induced pluripotent stem cells and their role in disease research and drug discovery. Additionally, the Institute continues to be recognized as the world's leading biobank, distributing biological samples and offering research and biobanking services to scientists around the globe. For more information, visit www.coriell.org or follow @Coriell_Science on Twitter.

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