While the results of the fair will not be revealed until the Middle School Research Symposium on May 8th, eighteen of the projects will go on to represent Oceanside at the New York Science and Engineering Fair, the Long Island Science Congress, and the Long Island Science and Engineering fair. In the past few years, over 100 projects from Oceanside Middle School have gone on to win awards at these competitions. OMS has also had five New York State science finalists and three National Semi-Finalists in the Broadcom Masters Science Fair in recent years. Just last year, student Margarita Bogdanova-Shapkina finished in second place in the New York State competition. It is clear to see that these students are beginning their paths in research at a young age, and the science research program at Oceanside undoubtedly provides students interested in science with the ability to pursue their interests early on.
Mr. Gerber, the science research teacher and coordinator at OMS said that, “The students spent months doing pre-research and constructing controlled experiments in a variety of science disciplines. Microbiology, plant science, social and behavioral science, and several other branches of science were represented. Of course, the fair could not have happened without judges. Each year judges include teachers from the middle school and high school science departments. This year we had seven judges from the high school science research program Class of 2017 including Alex Saglamer, Abdullah Amir, Kristian Nilsen, Ariel Harsinay, Jen Lin, Samantha Cohen, and Joanna George.”