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MMossberg science fairMax Mossberg, first place-winner for grade eight, stands in front of his science fair project, “Bio vs. Fossil Fuels,” at St. Gabriel School in Windsor after prizes were awarded. (Photo submitted)

WINDSOR – How Gummy Bears hold up under different liquids and how commercials that elicit emotions impact viewers were just two areas St. Gabriel School students explored for their annual Science Fair. Although participation for elementary grades is optional, 119 students created 81 projects this year, including 40 percent of students in grades one through five. Kindergartners enter one project as a class.

Topics also included generating electricity, growing mold and testing ways to make a liquid freeze fastest; smell and memory in rats; and electromagnets, to name a few.

Judges were local people who work in education- or science-related fields. Awards were given by grade for first, second and third place as well as honorable mention for most grades. The fair was open to families and friends on Jan. 29.

The top four winners from grades seven and eight may participate in the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair on March 11 at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.

Students eligible to participate are Max Mossberg, first place, grade eight, for “Bio vs. Fossil Fuels”; Justin Lam, second place, grade eight, “Electromagnets”; Adanya Jeudy, second place, grade seven, “How Color Affects Heat”; and Emil Shwayhat, third place, grade seven, “Acceleration Explanation.”

Taylor Douglas, who won first place in the seventh grade for “Laugh, Cry, but Which Will You Buy?” will not participate in the fair in Hamden because the nature of her project, which involved surveying individuals, makes it ineligible.

Science teacher Meg Rosa annually encourages students to delve into new ideas and try projects different from those done in past years. As a result, students explored basic ideas in new ways and expanded on classic experiments to find something different to study and display.


alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.