T-D’s Annual Science Fair

By: Frenki-Samuel Lulgjuraj, Staff Reporter

On April 7, 2018, Thornton-Donovan School organized its annual science fair, which was a lot more different than the previous years. Frenki-Samuel Lulgjuraj, a participant in the science fair and a member of the Overlook Journal, had a chance to interview Dr. Hellge, who organized the science fair and is the Head of the Science Department.


Q: When did T-D start organizing the science fair?

A: T-D has organized science fairs 10 years from now, but [this] was the first science fair in poster-board format.


Q: As it was in poster-board format, as an organizer, are you more satisfied with the PowerPoint presentations or this year’s form?

A: I am very satisfied with the poster-board presentations. I think this is more like a science fair; it enables people to come in later to see the projects and to ask the presenters about the projects. On a PowerPoint presentation, visitors have to sit and listen from the beginning to the end, or they cannot  understand the subject. I’m very satisfied with this kind of format.


Q: How many entries were this year in the fair, and how satisfied are you as a science teacher with your students’ work?

A: We had 15 presenters in total, 6 from the middle school and 9 from the high school. I am very satisfied with the quality of the projects, I wished there were more entries, but I think that this fair was a success, and this success hopefully will inspire more students so we can have more entries in the future.


Q: Besides the poster-boards, what were the differences between this year’s and last year’s Science Fair? Was this better or worse?

A: I would think the visitors’ engagement was higher this year, and I’m happy that everyone stayed and listened to each presentation, not like the other years when parents or presenters left after their presentation.


Q: Do you have any main purpose in organizing the fair?

A: My goal is to show the visitors and parents what the students are able to do; also, I like to attract students to science, to make them ask questions, research about their questions, and find answers.


Q: Are there going to be any prizes?

There is going to be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively for middle school and high school; also, a winner and possibly a second place for each middle and high school by public vote.


Q: And when are the winners going to be made public?

A: With the trip coming up, possibly before it, if not, right after the school’s 17-day visit to the Balkans.