“Our students are doing cutting-edge research,” said Dr. Gasparro. “These projects prepare them for further independent work and serve as distinguishing features above routine coursework for college applications.”
Established during the 2011-2012 school year, SID is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to pursue independent research on scientific topics of their interest. SID participants pursue their research under the mentorship of Dr. Gasparro and assistant director Dr. Patrick Fitzgerald.
Hamden Hall SID Participants and their Science Fair Project Research:
Daniel Vash: Titled “Safer Sunscreen,” the project investigated the effect of the sunscreen ingredient avobenzone on the skin as it can diffuse into the bloodstream, leading to endocrine disruption. The research led to the conclusion of incorporating hydroxyapatite molecules into the sunscreen to reduce the absorption rate.
Lucy Xu: Titled “Fluorometric Determination of the DNA Binding Constant of a Novel and Potent Psoralen Derivative,” the project uses the scientific method of spectrofluorometry to experimentally determine the binding constant of a novel psoralen derivative to target DNA molecules in order to determine whether its high cytotoxicity correlates with a large DNA binding constant. Psoralens are planar molecules that are able to complex with DNA by intercalation. When struck with UVA rays, they can crosslink double-stranded nucleic acids, thereby inhibiting DNA synthesis and cell division.
Sophie Schonberger: Titled “Equilibrium Dialysis.”
Leo Southam: Titled “Using SiO2 to Reduce Micro Plastics Dissolved into the Oceans,” the project examines the effectiveness of the SiO2 based coating as a way to prevent micro plastics from dissolving into the ocean. The SiO2 covers the plastic water bottles in a protective film that that reduces the effects of currents and temperature on the release of micro plastics.
Titled Research on Eye Movement Recognition of Early Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorder Based on Hybrid Timing Neural Network”, the project proposes a new method of identifying Autism Spectrum Disorder in children using a computer program.
Owen Zeng and Joy Zhuo: Titled "Determining Carbon Dioxide Levels in Classroom Settings," the project measures the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in classrooms to illustrate the relationship between classroom occupancy and those levels. By comparing the measured carbon dioxide level with a control group, the students were able to analyze whether those level affected students’ concentration abilities and potential health risks.
Titled “iAAA Band,” which stands for Impact Absorbing and Alerting band, the project features a band worn around the hand of an elderly or disabled person to protect their head during a fall and alerts the surrounding people.
Neev Makin: Titled “The Latch,” the project aims to create a free alternative readily available for nurses to find and locate veins in order to place an IV using a smartphone app. The app uses an artificial intelligence algorithm that can interpret the image captured by the smartphone camera to find the linear vein that is most suitable for IV placement.
Sophia Vash: Titled “Plants, Metals, and the Lakes,” the project investigates if certain plants and water animals can take away harmful contaminants in lakes. Applying the scientific method of phytoremedition, Sophia used different plant types and bodies of water around the Hamden area to test her hypothesis of If we use aquatic plants such as X Y Z to rid fresh water contaminated with these certain metals, then there will be a greater change and less contamination rather than using these plants, A B C.