NEW HAVEN--On Tuesday Yale's campus was taken over by a younger set of students than the usual collegiates lounging on the quad.
The New Haven Science Fair brought 650 high school students together, representing the top 200 projects from the Elm City. Those projects were picked from a pool of 8,000 entries!
"This is the culminating event of a year long process," said Richard Therrion, the k-12 science supervisor.
According to Therrion, the students create projects on topics that pique their interest. "We want them to do a project on something they care about, something that's in their life," he said.
Carly Beccitti, a competing 10th grade student, did a project on apple juice. "We were testing to see how pectate affects apple juice." In case you didn't know, pectate is an enzyme that is in some ripe fruits, and it can impact the consistency of apple juice.
Another student, Tyler Jupiter, is an 11th-grader who worked on solar power for his project. "We tried to desensitize solar cells and see if pigment affected them."
But it wasn't just high-achieving teens who presented their work. Preschoolers attended the fair as well!
Alliyah, a four-year-old girl, knew exactly what happens to ice when it gets warm. "It melts!" she gleefully exclaimed.
However, her answer on what she wants to be when she grows up may have been slightly less scientific. "Elsa," from "Frozen" she replied.
Jaden, a three-year-old boy at the fair, was able to discuss how density works. When asked he learned about the toy boat he was holding, he said he "learned it sinked [sic] to the bottom--because it was heavy."