Middle and high school student scientists from around the county competed in the Douglas County Science and Engineering Fair on January 19. With projects titled “Does changing the angle of attack affect the flight and lift of the butterfly?” and “Investigating the Viability of E. coli and A. aceti in Simulated Venus Environment” and “Dog Toys: Like or Dislike?,” the science and engineering fair covered a plethora of topics.
“We are proud that 31 projects and 36 students will advance to the Regional Science and Engineering Fair,” said Pam Walker, Lead School Improvement Specialist for Science in the Douglas County School System. “This is the most we have ever sent.” Students whose projects placed first or second, including the Best in Show projects, will advance to the West Georgia Regional Science and Engineering Fair on February 10 at the University of West Georgia.
At the high school level, Devika Dutt from Douglas County High School won Best in Show in the Science category for her project “Demystifying Antioxidants Using Spectroscopy and Electrochemistry.” Her science teacher is Robert Bennett. Kenneth Thomas from Lithia Springs High School won Best in Show in the Engineering/Technology category for his project “Terror Prevention: Innovating, Integrating & Improving Avionic Security.” His science teacher is Darren Rager.
At the middle school level, Rijul Patel from Chapel Hill Middle School won Best in Show in the Science category for his project “How Can Magnets Be Used to Create Clean Electricity?” His science teacher is Chris Baxley. Sisters Georgia and Ella Stinchcomb won Best in Show in the Engineering/Technology category for “Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle: Circulating and Removing Gases from a Car’s Interior.” Their science teachers are Chris Baxley and Cheronda Minnis-Arnold.
“We were thrilled with the quality of projects this year,” commented Ms. Walker. “Last year many of our students took top state honors at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, and we are hopeful that we will have another good showing in the spring. Our emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is making our students skilled scientists and problem solvers at the middle and high school levels.”
Each middle and high school held a school-wide science fair where projects were judged by a panel of teachers. Students with the top school projects advanced to the county-wide fair on January 19 where they were interviewed by a panel of judges about their project.
The following students placed first at the middle school level: Science category — Rijul Patel, Kyle Vanderweit, Alexa Robles, and Miller Lovegrove. Engineering/Technology category — Michael Tyler, Aysif Juman, Georgia Stinchcomb, and Ella Stinchcomb.
The following students placed second at the middle school level: Science category – Ebony Golden, Isabella Naile, Rebecca Spoor, Camryn Curtis, Quincey Swann, Britton Collins, Andrew Manchiraju, Kelsey Simmons, and Miles Joseph. Engineering/Technology category – Sammi Zhu, Alexander Kuiper, Roxy Bridges, and Andrea Torres-Wilcken.
The following students placed first at the high school level: Science category – Blair Cowan, Nicholas Gorzynski, Ayesha Saeed, Michael Manchiraju, and Devika Dutt. Engineering/Technology category – Chase Cooper, Cordell Palmer, Jaden Lamar, Anthony Russo, Kenneth Thomas, and Sebastian Torres-Wilcken.
The following students placed second at the high school level: Science category – Hope Lee, Ethan Key, Carlae Chasten, and Shermar Frazier. Engineering/Technology category – Tiffany Numa, Tyler Numa, Peter Oyekunie, Ruben Veliz, and Brandon Lindstrom.