Three 8th Grade students from Greenwich Catholic School were recently chosen as winners of the CBS Sunday Morning “Science Lab” program, sponsored by Altice USA. On the segment, Emily Cook, Catherine May, and Carmelia Zuniga presented their Science Fair project, “Factor Fiction: A Sunny Project,” which studied the effectiveness of different SPF levels to find the optimal SPF level for sun protection.
Altice USA sponsors the contest with CBS to support STEM skill development, one of the company’s key pillars. The Greenwich Catholic School team was awarded a $500 prize, and GCS received $2,000. The school has earmarked the funds to purchase new equipment for their Upper School Science Lab.
“We are so proud of Emily, Catherine, and Carmelia’s accomplishments,” commented Patrice Kopas, Principal of Greenwich Catholic School. “These young women found an innovative way to problem-solve using critical thinking, which is at the core of our Science curriculum.”
“The team’s ‘Factor Fiction’ project combined practical science and technology, using UV beads and a UV light to research, analyze and complete their findings,” explained GCS Upper School Science Teacher, Mrs. Carol Ann Lutz. “Our students have a tradition of excelling at the CT State Science and Engineering Fair, and I’m thrilled that their efforts received such a well-deserved recognition.”
In the Fall, Emily Cook will attend King School in Stamford, Catherine May will attend School of the Holy Child, Greenwich, and Carmelia Zuniga will attend Greenwich Country Day School.