Wells Sharpe, a sixth grader at May River Montessori was awarded first place on Monday, March 20th at the awards ceremony of The Sea Island Regional Science Fair. His project on Improving Desalination merited a first place prize in the Environmental Science category.
The Sea Island Regional Science Fair (SIRSF) is the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and Broadcom MASTERS Competition affiliate for Beaufort and Jasper Counties. Beaufort County School District served as the annual host for the middle school and high school regional competitions. The winners of the culminating fair for the high school program compete at the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). ISEF is the world's largest international pre-college science competition, providing an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from about 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their independent research as they compete for over $3 million annually. The Intel ISEF is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12.
They have a pool of approximately fifty judges comprised mostly of retired engineers, scientists, and doctors who volunteer their time between November and April to help support science in education through science fairs and other activities.
Wells has been educated at May River Montessori since the age of two, when he entered The Cottage with Ms. Bea. As Wells has grown, he has truly been a model of the Montessori practice of observation, individual liberty, and preparation of our environment.
This year, his teacher Ms. Michele, has further solidified these practices teaching Wells how to apply the scientific method to his personal inquiry project of Improving Desalination. Wells independently crafted a hypothesis and charted his observations as he concluded that a composter desalinated water more effectively versus the sun or a heat lamp.
We wish Wells the very best as he graduates May River Montessori this spring and embarks on his new educational adventures in Middle School.