RUMSON, NJ -- Drs. Stephen and Margaret Ann Chappell, founders of the Stars Challenge science enrichment programs for middle-school students, announced the winning teams of the annual Stars Challenge Science Competition, held this year at Monmouth University. The event was sponsored by Telecordia Technologies in Piscataway. Approximately 70 students comprising 17 teams participated this year.
Mother Teresa Regional School team
First place and $1000 went to Mother Teresa Regional School in Atlantic Highlands for dealing with the “Reduction of Heat in the Classrooms.” Using four test rooms in their study, they covered the windows with various materials including aluminum foil and other materials that tinted the windows. They determined that the film that blocked 95% of the light made the rooms the coolest.
The largest group of young scientists represented Hope Academy Charter School of Asbury Park which took second place in the competition. Teacher Ann Marie McCarthy and students Zyeira Mallory, Moesha Howard and Calvin Carter explained their school community project, “Welcome to Batsbury Park,” which deals with problems of increased presence of bugs and mosquitoes. "Asbury Park lost buildings to urban redevelopment where bats used to live. Bats eat the insects. So our kids thought if we could re-create a habitat that would bring bats back, they could reduce the insect population," McCarthy explained.Read more...