Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at North Lamar ISD competed in the Stone Middle School Science Fair on Tuesday, January 19 to determine who would advance to region. Of the 196 students who competed, the top four participants from each grade level were chosen to go on to compete at the Regional Science Fair on February 9 hosted by the Region 8 Educational Service Center in Pittsburg, Texas.
Students chose one of three categories: Chemical/Physical, Behavioral/Biological, and Inventions. Chemical dealt with the physical and chemical changes in matter while physical projects had to do with simple machines, work, power, motion, heat, light, sound, electricity, and magnetism. Behavioral projects dealt with human and/or animal responses to the environment while Biological projects had to deal with the study of plants, molds, fungus, bacteria, and protest. Inventions were to be unique with students solving a real problem or satisfying a need.
Scoring on Chemical/Physical and Behavioral/Biological projects were based on 25% Creative Ability, 25% Scientific Method, 25% Graphs/Tables/Charts, and 25% Skill/Overall Presentation. Inventions were scored on 25% Originality/Usefulness, 25% Written Description, 25% Research and Development, and 25% Skill/Overall Presentation.
Winners who advanced to region are:
6th grade: 1st place - Emeri Watson (Making coins clean), 2nd place - Justin Daughtrey (Making energy with garbage), 3rd place - Kyler Grogan (Testing resistance), and 4th place - Clayton Beard (The apple browning experiment).
7th grade: 1st place – Abbey Neilson (Effects of torsional stress in total knee replacement), 2nd place – Ashley Trenchard (Rate of decay in sealed vs. unsealed teeth), 3rd place – Emma Fowler (Nice Ice Baby), and 4th place – Teddy Fisher (Who’s your daddy?).
8th grade: 1st place – Laney Young (How does oil affect growth of aquatic plants?), 2nd place – Jerika Johnson (Fractology), 3rd place – Misty Stephens(Salt water energy), and 4th place – Luke Gibbons (What materials block UV rays?).