The annual Villa Science Fair, which took place on March 5, 2013, was a great success once again. The experience of sharing our ideas and results made the long nights of work and weekends of testing worthwhile. After the school Science Fair, we participated in the competition at Delaware Valley College. Though we were all nervous about our big presentations, we were equally excited to showcase our ideas and research not only to the judges, but also to other students who share in our interests. As always, Villa students placed well at the awards ceremony, and many of us were given the chance to move on to the regional Delaware Valley Competition in King of Prussia. At this level, I was astounded to see the true ingenuity of students who not only posed questions like, “Can carnivorous plants taste?” but also went to the lengths of finding answers by making original discoveries. For Villa students, interacting with each other and so many other innovative students and judges was an extremely enriching and inspiring experience.
I personally believe that the best part of participating in the Science Fair is the freedom and creativity involved. The competition allows us all to focus on topics that we are truly interested in without the normal restrictions of a school project done purely for a grade. The competition simulates real-life situations of applying one’s knowledge, passion, and dedication to create and discover something of value. Perhaps the most rewarding part of the Science Fair experience is the prospect that our work and ideas, no matter how simple, have true potential to impact our world and benefit our future. This is why I view Science Fair as not merely a competition, but rather as an opportunity for the simple ideas of students like me to become the revolutionary technologies of tomorrow.
- Caroline Boschetto ‘15