(l-r) Arabella Hatfield and Lillian Kane are proud finalists in the 2021 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair.

Arabella Hatfield and Lillian Kane, two senior honors physics students at Fishers Island School, were State Finalists in the recent 2021 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair. The annual competition is open to all 7th-12th grade students in Connecticut schools and Fishers Island.

Both Arabella and Lillian benefited from Fishers Island Conservancy grants to purchase equipment needed to execute their experiments in Carol Giles’s science classes.

Arabella used the fluorometer, purchased for use by oceanography students at school, to measure phytoplankton population density for her experiment: Ocean Acidification: How it Effects the Phytoplankton Species Nannochloropsis Oculata.

Lillian used her grant to purchase oxygen and carbon dioxide probes for her experiment: Exploring Earthworm Ecotypes: Carbon Source or Sink?

Awards

Arabella:

Environmental Sciences Award with CACIWAC—HS Finalist, CSF Medallion

Lillian:

PepsiCo/Pfizer Life Sciences Awards—Finalist – Life Science Senior High – CFS Medallion

Petit Family Foundation Women in Science & Engineering Awards—High School Finalist – Medallion

Future Sustainability Awards—High School Finalist – Medallion

Alexion Biotechnology Awards—3rd Place – Biotechnology Senior High – $300 & plaque

NASA EARTH System Science Award—Certificate and $25 gift card given by CSEF

University of Connecticut – Early College Acceptance—UCONN Early College Experience Program: Life Sciences – Co-Op $100 Gift Certificate