Lynnette Cardona, a student in Jennifer Hubert’s second-grade class at Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School, received an “Honorable Mention” award at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) Elementary School Science Fair held earlier this month. Her project, “Tinkle Stinkle,” sought the answer to the question, “What is the least amount of asparagus that has to be eaten to make smelly urine?” She was one of only seven “Honorable Mention” awards chosen for her grade level and among only 46 from kindergarten through fifth grade from throughout all of Suffolk County. The answer that she found was that in order for a change in odor, women only need to eat 2.5 grams, children were at 2.7 grams and men needed to eat 7 grams of asparagus.
The Elementary School Science Fair, sponsored by BNL and supported by Brookhaven Science Associates (the company that manages the Laboratory for the Department of Energy), is coordinated by BNL’s Office of Educational Programs with support from the Lab’s scientists, engineers and technical staff, as well as volunteers from the Long Island Matrix of Science and Technology and local elementary school teachers. More than 500 students from 120 Suffolk County schools entered a project into this year’s fair.