Dec 10, 2009

Student Wins Science Fair for Celiac Project

Lea Giambruno won the Best of Fair award in the senior division at the Shelter Island School Fair for her project called “Got Gluten?”. She is in 9th grade and the projects were judged by 16 judges from the community, including judges from research and educational facilities.

Her topic was celiac disease, a toxic reaction to gluten found in rye, wheat and barley, and her hypothesis, borne out by her data, was that gluten-free foods produced in a factory that also produces food containing gluten, will have traces of gluten, while foods produced in gluten-free plants will not.

The top projects in each division will be selected later for entry in the Long Island Science Congress, which is held in the spring.”

She likely used home gluten test kits to test various products. Doing a science fair project about celiac disease is also a good way to increase celiac disease awareness. If you are looking for a gluten-free science fair project, read Gluten-Free Science Fair Projects, which has been a very popular article on my blog.

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