Levittown students enrolled in the Wisdom Lane Science Research Program recently entered research projects into the 2012 Long Island Science Congress. The contestants competed against 600 other students in the areas of biology, chemistry, earth space and energy science, physical science, ecology and behavioral science.
Several students received trophies in the High Honors and Honors categories, and Haniya Abbasi, Sara Pedroza and Sepideh Vasseghi won the prestigious Ford Award with cash prizes of $150 each.
Haniya, Sara and Sepideh studied the math scores earned by students who took exams on paper versus on a computer. They analyzed data to address the validity of student assessments taken on a computer, such as the N.W.E.A. or P.A.R.C. exams, versus traditional paper-based exams. The group, which discovered that the test subjects consistently scored higher on paper administered exams, won first place in the behavioral science category.
Kristin Schmidt, Brendan Skillman and Anna Yoo also received High Honors trophies for their project, which tested the reading comprehension of Wisdom Lane students. They compared traditional paper-based text to the tablet-based e-readers now becoming more commonplace within society and schools.
Additionally, Sophia DeFranco, Brittany Voboril and Jessica Wagner received an Honors trophy for their study entitled “New Menu Calorie Counts and Nutritional Choices.” The project surveyed hundreds of parents and students to see whether their choices had changed at a few of the most popular fast-food establishments since the FDA began requiring restaurants to list calories on menus.