Emerging Scientist Emma C’25 Wins at Connecticut STEM Fair

Emerging Scientist Emma C’25 Wins at Connecticut STEM Fair

Sacred Heart Greenwich is proud to announce that Emma C’25 recently won first place in the environmental category at the Connecticut STEM Fair. This annual event, showcasing the scientific talent of high schoolers in the southern Fairfield county area, drew participation from nearly 300 students, yet it was Emma's project, "Determining the Ability of Different Mosses and Plants to Remove Algae-Causing Phosphates and Nitrates From Water," that stood out. 

Emma, a member of the Upper School’s Science Research program, invested two years in her innovative research. Focused on the efficacy of mosses and plants in reducing the levels of algae-causing phosphates and nitrates in water, Emma's work delves into the potential of these natural elements to counteract water pollution, promoting the well-being of aquatic life.

Emma’s project involved meticulous experimentation with phosphate-enhanced fertilizers, mosses, and other plants. She explored how the roots of plants and mosses serve as natural filtration systems, absorbing harmful materials and leaving water cleaner and healthier.

She shared her enthusiasm for the Science Research program, writing “When I first joined the Sacred Heart Greenwich community, I knew that I wanted to be part of the Science Research program. In this program, I’ve had the unique opportunity to deeply investigate a topic of my own interest and conduct hands-on research. This experience has fueled my passion and provided me with invaluable skills that I’ll carry into the future."

Having secured victory at the Connecticut STEM Fair, Emma is now gearing up for the CT Science and Engineering Fair. Beyond that, Emma has exciting plans for the summer – she will be working at the LBT Field Station in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. In this role, Emma will be actively engaged in projects related to bay restoration and local environmental stability, with a specific focus on the health of oyster populations in the coastal bay area.

Emma's achievements highlight her dedication and talent and underscore the commitment of Sacred Heart Greenwich to fostering a passion for STEM learning and providing students with opportunities to contribute meaningfully to their fields of interest. As she continues to explore the intersections of science and environmental sustainability, Emma’s innovative research is an outstanding example of hands-on, student-driven inquiry. Congratulations, Emma, on your well-deserved success!