Thursday, June 3, 2010

Spotlight on the Ninth Grade, Northeast Regional First Place Team: Roslyn JPA

Three ninth graders from Roslyn High School in Roslyn Heights, NY, received a first-place award in this year’s national eCYBERMISSION competition. With this award, each team member will receive a $3,000.00 U.S. EE Savings Bond, a certificate of recognition from the U.S. Army and a free trip to the National Judging and Education Event in Baltimore, Md., in June to present their final project.

The “Roslyn JPA” team, comprised of students Paul Rogofsky, Aarshia Alami and Jae Jun, and led by Team Advisor Allyson Weseley, was recognized by judges for investigating the different factors that contribute to the growing problem of obesity in America. The team was successful in some of their predictions and learned interesting information in their analysis that is motivating them to continue their research and experiments.
The team conducted an experiment that monitored students’ behavior when presented with different food choices. The results showed that participants consumed more food when presented with a greater variety of food choices and that the presence of nutritional information did not affect participants' food choices.

The Roslyn JPA team is interested in furthering their research on the different factors that contribute to obesity, such as the effects of a social setting on how much people eat, or if people will consume more food if provided with a larger quantity of food, and conduct experiments on these topics.

To view a full list of the 2009-2010 eCYBERMISSION regional winning teams, click here.

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