BY LESLEE MORRIS / AJT //

Friends and family filled the gym at Torah Day School of Atlanta for the school’s annual Sixth Grade Science Fair.

TDSA students took part in recent science fair, showing off what they have learned in the last year. PHOTO / TDSA

TDSA students took part in recent science fair, showing off what they have learned in the last year. PHOTO / TDSA

Projects included an exploration of how best to melt ice; an experiment to determine which house paint colors keep your energy bills low; a look at voice-recognition technology; and a special exhibit on ratios and reaction times, among others.

More than 50 students took part in the fair. TDSA’s middle school science teacher, Christine Castle, is good at inspiring and encouraging her pupils.

“She is very skillful at tapping into the students’ interests and sparking enthusiasm for science in general,” said Linda Rabinowitz, TDSA’s General Studies Principal. “We are fortunate to have her as part of our middle school team.”

The first-place winners in the girls’ division include: Talya Wittenberg, “Making the Strongest Bridge Truss Design,” for best engineering project; Simcha Freida Kayser, “How Stainless is Stainless Steel?,” for the most original idea; Ariella Wolfe, “The Best Lava Lamp,” for the “coolest” project; and Sarah Leah Pearlman, “Light vs. Pigment When Mixing Colors,” for the best overall project.

Honorable mentions include Rachel Tress, Ariel Kaminetzky, Shaina Hoff, Shayna Stroll, Yael Lovett and Gitty Lipszyc.

The first-place winners in the boys’ division include: Nati Gershon, “Home Made Hovercraft,” for engineering; and Yitzi Zolty, “Amount of Fabric on a Hot Air Balloon,” for best overall project.

Honorable mentions include Aaron Weiden, Eli Varon, Yaakov Meir Cohen and David Berendt.

The judges for this year’s fair included Dr. Paula Gorlin, Dr. Adina Hirsch, Dr. Elizabeth Herman, Dr. Harold Shlevin, Dr. Nison Shleifer, Dr. Sheldon May, Doug Hrabe and Karen Grinzaid.