Babylon High School juniors Jed Dale, Max Pitagno and Matt Taggart placed second in their division at the Junior Varsity Long Island Science and Engineering Fair competition at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury for their science research project, "The Efficacy of a Bio-mechanical Inductor Utilizing the Flagella-Powered, Magnetically Coordinated Movement of Nickel Sulfate-Enriched, Nickel-Resistant Pseudomonas putida.”
Eleventh-graders Sara Mikovic, Emily Wardell and Meredith Wardell also took part in the competition, as the six students represented Babylon in the school’s first participation in a competitive science research fair.
“We are so proud of this accomplishment,” said Babylon High School science research teacher Claire Birone, who oversaw the students at the event. “This was Babylon’s first time competing, and our first-ever science research award!”
LISEF is a competition for the most advanced high school projects, and its participants have the opportunity to present to professionals in the field from local universities and scientific institutions. According to their website, since competition on Long Island is very intense, and the number of projects that can be accommodated at the LISEF Fair is limited, the JV Fair was created to provide an additional opportunity for students to compete.