Category Archives: Science Fair

2012 Greater Syracuse Scholastic Science Fair

The CNY Skeptics judging team attended the GSSSF, reviewed science fair projects, chose projects for awards, and encouraged elementary, middle, and high school students to pursue their interests in science. The team presented ten students with awards.

2012 GSSSF Results

Effects of Noise on Rat Performance, Ana Li Kreidler-Siwinski, 5th grade Skeptic magazine award, Edward Smith Elementary

Photo of science fair project Will Gum Lose Mass When Chewed

Will Gum Lose Mass When it is Chewed?, Peter Assaf, 5th grade book award, Holy Family School

Amazing Race: Soybean Style, Julia Justafson, 6th grade Skeptic magazine award, Homer Intermediate School

A Tale of Taxonomy, Martin Welch-Flanagan, 6th grade book award, The New School

Do big parking lots affect water quality?, Joanna Bryant, 7th grade Skeptic magazine award, Manlius-Pebble Hill School

How Does Caffeine Effect Human Performance?, Joe Vanable, 7th grade book award, Edward Smith Elementary School

Store Brand vs. Name Brand, Hannah Cofer, 7th grade Skeptic magazine award, Edward Smith Elementary School

The Phantom, Marisa Hurst & Adrianne Milea, 8th grade book award, West Genesee Middle School

Photo of science fair project Wind Vane Pitch Angl2

Wind Vane Pitch Angle, Olivia Sheppard, Senior Skeptic magazine award, Manlius-Pebble Hill

Photo of science fair project Modeling Environmental Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing in Upstate NY

Modeling Environmental Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing in Upstate New York, Kunal Sangani, Senior book award, Fayetteville-Manlius Senior High School

May 2009

Skeptics in the Pub

May 27, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Abstract image of glass of red wine

Al’s Whiskey Bar
321 S Clinton St
Syracuse, NY 13202

Join us for drinks and rational conversation as we gather at Al’s in Armory Square on Wednesday, May 27th, at 6 PM.

Celebration of Technology Awards Banquet

CNY Skeptics information table at the Celebration of Technology Banquet. Pictured are David Harding, Michael Kingston, and Bryce Hand

CNY Skeptics took part in the TACNY Celebration of Technology Awards Banquet on May 11. David Harding (vice president) staffed the information table. Also in the photo above are Michael Kingston (treasurer) and Bryce Hand. Judy Hand (secretary) took the picture.


Bee on a flower

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Photo credits: “A glass of wine – Rauðvínstár” by Onzth and “One day last summer” by Lida Rose.

Science Fair

the cny skeptics judging team

The CNY Skeptics Judging Team

2009 Greater Syracuse Scholastic Science Fair

This year’s judging team was made up of team captain David Harding, Bryce Hand, Lisa Goodlin, Brian Madigan, Jess LaCelle, and Kristen Jackson.

Awards Results

Grade 5

Mckayla Crawford, Homer Intermediate
Ian Beckman, Syracuse Hebrew Day School
Emily Elliot, Homer Intermediate

jess lacelle and kristen jackson interviewing a student

Jess LaCelle and Kristen Jackson interviewing a student

Grade 6

Josh Popp, St. Charles Borromeo
Kerry Neuman, Syracuse Hebrew Day School
P. Christian Toia, St. Charles Borromeo

Grade 7

Elizabeth Andersson, Manlius-Pebble Hill School
Joseph Binder, Manlius-Pebble Hill School
Kaylee Trinca, Lyncourt School

Grade 8

Emma Ryan, Camillus Middle School
Alyssa Alyssa Purdy, Camillus Middle School
Ken Brill, Camillus Middle School

david harding interviewing a student

David Harding interviewing a student

High School

Elizabeth Shoenfelt, Skaneateles Senior High School
Shawn Peter Malloy, Marcellus High School
Benjamin Valentino, Homeschool

Tri Region Science and Engineering Fair

CNY Skeptics participated in the judging for the TRSEF which happened at the same time and in the same place as the GSSSF.

Grade 8

Taylor Stevens, St. John the Evangelist School, Binghamton

Grade 10

Dana Hogan, City Honors School, Buffalo

judges bryce hand and david harding deliberating

David Harding and Bryce Hand in deliberations

Science Fair 2009

GSSSF 2009

Every year we send a contingent of judges to the GSSSF, the local feeder science fair for the INTEL International Science Fair, and issue special awards for students whose projects we believe merits them.

Our participation is greatly appreciated by the folks at the MOST, who are in charge of the event, and it’s good publicity for the organization. It is also a lot of fun to go out and interact with the young people of our area who have an interest in science and who one day may become scientists. I have been the head judge for many years and I enjoy it. I hope that this year we can get at least 8-10 people to be judges.

What you need or don’t need to be a judge:

1. You do not need to have a science degree to be a judge! Special Awards judges, under which CNY Skeptics fall, are not required to have a science degree. You just need to have an interest in science!

2. You do need to have a positive attitude! The GSSSF is about encouraging young people to remain interested in science. Remember, the children who participate in this event may be America’s future scientists!

3. You need give only an afternoon of your time. The GSSSF is on a Sunday in March. It usually runs from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Find judging information here along with the schedule. To register to be a judge click here. Fill out the contact information, select YES for Question #1, and put “CNY Skeptics” for the name of the organization.

I hope that many of you can find the time to be a part of this event.

David Harding, Vice President, CNY Skeptics