Phenomenal Freshman

Congratulations to our young and talented research stars Jasmine Thai and Matthew Kerner.
Congratulations to our young and talented research stars Jasmine Thai and Matthew Kerner.

Walt Whitman’s Research Science Teacher Frederick Feraco has some exciting news to share. Two of his ninth-grade research 1 students have won the Molloy College Kathy Belton Science Fair!

Congratulations to Jasmine Thai and Matthew Kerner.

Jasmine’s research project takes us under the sea to Walt Whitman’s coral aquaculture system where she became fascinated with the pest like anemone known as an Aiptasia. These anemones are invasive in reef environments and Jasmine was interested in experimenting with methods of eradication. She carefully collected Aiptasia samples in our coral aquaculture system at school. She set up a controlled environment for her samples and used various methods for eradication. “She understood the scientific process very well,” said Mr. Feraco “Jasmine is in the process of redesigning her research based on her peer review feedback. I am excited to see what she plans next.”

Mathew’s award-winning research project takes us in the opposite direction from his fellow freshman. Mathew wanted to use his telescope so he went to meetings at the Astronomical Society of Long Island to get some ideas. After he expressed his passion to the club they decided to lend him a larger telescope and a diffraction grating, as well as a T mount to hold the camera. “With these tools, Mathew was able to map out his research and measure the elemental composition of stars with and without Exoplanets,” explained Mr. Feraco. “His research is ongoing and he hopes to explore more. Mathew has great potential and a passion for Astronomy.”