Falmouth Academy has announced the winners of its annual science and engineering fair. Seven students from the Vineyard won awards for their accomplishments.

At the high school level, sophomore Clara Athearn of Chilmark was awarded second place for a project about different concentrations of soil bacteria on the growth of Manduca sexta moths. Spencer Goldsmith, a senior from Vineyard Haven and Cataumet, was awarded fifth place for exploring automatic transcription to preserve endangered languages. Honorable mentions went to sophomore Oona Carroll of Edgartown who studied surface complexity in relation to octopus bimaculoides, and junior Charlotte Ray for a project about the effect of algae feeding frequency on Provincetown foraminifera.

Three eighth grade Islanders received awards. Emma Bena of Chilmark was awarded first place for work about microfibers in leggings and also received the Robert B. Gordon Award. Amelia Russell-Schaeffer of Edgartown placed third for a project about the acoustic monitoring of bat activity and also received first place for excellence in graphic presentation. Cian Davis of Chilmark received an honorable mention for an exploration of the compressive strength of surfboard materials.

More than 100 scientists and researchers from local scientific institutions including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Marine Biological Laboratory, United States Geological Survey, Sea Education Association and Woodwell Climate Research evaluated the students’ projects.