Akiba-Schecter student wins science fair
By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Akiba-Schechter student Zev Goldberg won first place in the essay portion of the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Competition for his paper on methane hydrates.
Goldberg, an 8th grader at Akiba, 5235 S. Cornell Ave., competed against 7th to 12th grade students from all over Illinois. This year’s contest theme was “It’s an Ice Day for Science!” In his 19-page paper “The Function of Ice In Methane Hydrates” Goldberg focused on methane, which is a source of energy enclosed in ice. He researched and wrote about the molecular structure of ice as well as what is involved in extracting these methane hydrates.
“I didn’t expect to win,” Goldberg said. “But it felt good to be recognized for all my hard work.”
After winning his school’s science fair, Goldberg competed in the regional science fair at the Museum of Science and Industry where he received a gold medal. Naomi Hochman, 7th grader at Akiba, also received a gold medal for her project, “Shaping Bread,” and Rivka Koppel 8th grader at Akiba, received a silver medal for her project “Chainmail.”
According to the IJAS contest guidelines, only 10 of the top papers from each region (there are 11) may be sent to the state level for judging. As one of 110 essayist to move forward to the state level, Goldberg traveled to the IJAS State Science Exposition on May 2 and 3 at Northern Illinois University’s Convocation Center in DeKalb, Illinois to give an oral presentation with no visual aids, to a panel of eight high school seniors and an adult moderator.
Goldberg was awarded a certificate from the Illinois Junior Academy of Science (IJAS) and received a $50 check for his work.