Kenwood student competing in science fair

Staff Writer

The Chicago Public Schools Science Fair took place Friday at the Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive. Students from two local high schools presented their projects at the citywide competition.

This year’s science fair, a three-day event titled “Meeting Global Needs through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” featured more than 275 projects completed by students across the city in grades 7 to 12, including students from Kenwood Academy High School, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., and Dyett High School, 555 E. 51st St.

Yoav Schwartz, a 7th grader at Kenwood Academy, researched the best way to learn a new language in his project, titled “Learning Tools and Language Acquisitions.” Schwartz’s project asked the question of whether people could better learn a new language by using words in a new language by reading definitions of the word in a person’s first language or by using words in the new language with pictures to describe the meaning.

“My research found that the words with pictures was the best approach,” said Schwartz, who said this was his first time in the science fair.

Kwanita Gillespie, a senior at Dyett, researched the “Effect of Soil on the PH of Water.” She said the person that inspired her to do the project was her grandmother.

“My grandmother loves her garden,” Gillespie said. “I can’t help her with gardening because I don’t have a green thumb so I thought I could give her information about the best soil to use.”

This is Gillespie’s second time at the science fair. Gillespie said she wants to major in science in college but has not decided which concentration she will pursue.

“I do know that I want to help people and the environment,” Gillespie said.