Four New Liberty Students to Present at the Massachusetts Region IV Science and Engineering Fair

Posted on: February 28, 2024
NLIS students to present at Massachusetts Region IV Science and Engineering Fair

MSEF a long-awaited competition for New Liberty students

SALEM (Feb. 28, 2024) – Four sophomores from the New Liberty Innovation School will present their science research projects at the Massachusetts Region IV High School Science and Engineering Fair Friday, Mar. 1, at Tufts University.

Tyrone Manifold will join classmates Shanay Love, Johana Rodriguez and Antonio Justo, along with Dr. Brenda Goodrum, STEM Educator at New Liberty.

The Region IV Science Fair is one of six regional fairs that serve as qualifying competitions for the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the statewide competition, the Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSEF). At the Region IV Competition, the top 2 projects are nominated for the ISEF, and the top 40 projects advance to the MSEF Friday, Apr. 5 at Gillette Stadium.

The appearance at the MSEF was years in the making, said Dr. Goodrum, who originally had a group of students primed to enter the Region IV Fair in 2020, only to be delayed by the Covid-19 outbreak. 

“This is the first cohort, and hopefully not the last,” she said. “They’re doing phenomenal work. They have developed invaluable research and writing skills, which they will take when they go to college.”

Mr. Manifold, presenting in the Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical category, will discuss his project titled, ‘Crosswalk Safety: Using Motion Sensors to Decrease Accidents,’ while Ms. Love will compete in the Biochemistry category with her presentation, ‘Naturally Made Cleaning Products Are Better for the Home Instead Of Using Harsh Chemicals.’

Competing in the Earth and Environmental Science category, Mr. Justo will present ‘The Effects of Vertical Gardens in Urban Environments’ while Ms. Rodriguez will present ‘How to Grow Sustainable Food in an Urban Environment.’ 

“I feel good but a little bit nervous,” Mr. Manifold said. “But at the same time, this will give me a better understanding of my topic which is focused on reducing accidents at crosswalks. Hopefully, I’d like to eventually patent this.”

The Region IV Fair was launched in 2006. 

The New Liberty students’ representation in the Fair is consistent with the 2023-26 Strategic Plan’s core priorities with an emphasis on elevating learning and strengthening the District’s foundation.

“This crew is very interested in helping the environment and the community,” said. Dr. Goodrum. “That is what their concern is.”

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