Young scientists compete in annual fair

Young scientists compete in annual fair
Posted on 12/12/2022
Morganton, NC – Monday, Dec. 12, 2022

Is curry calming? Are bees colorblind? Can color change tastes? Burke County middle schoolers asked these and other intriguing questions as part of their projects in the annual Continental Middle School Science Fair. Burke County Public Schools, in partnership with Continental, hosted the annual middle school science fair Thursday at Liberty Middle School. A total of 33 students entered 20 projects in six categories. In addition to research and a project board, the students made a presentation to judges and answered questions. The judges said the projects were inventive, creative and solved practical problems. Several of the winners will advance their projects to the regional science fair. The winners are:

Biological Science A
1st - Reese G. and Elise S. (Liberty) “Curry to Calm” - Advancing to the Regionals
2nd - Gabby F. (Liberty) “Are Bees Colorblind?”

Biological Science B

1st - Bailey H. (Table Rock) “Guilty as Charged” - Advancing to the Regionals
2nd - Leah C. (Liberty) “Best Mascara Remover” - Advancing to the Regionals
3rd - Patience K. (Heritage) “Can Color Change Taste” - Advancing to the Regionals


1st - Alicia A., Miracle C., Joceyln H. (Table Rock) Split It Up: The Study of Separating Hydrogen and Oxygen - Advancing to the Regionals
2nd - Rylee N. (Liberty) “The Egg Breakdown”

Earth and Environmental Science
1st - Adyson A. and Macie D. (Table Rock) “Growing Up: The Study of pH for Tomato Plants” - Advancing to the Regionals
2nd - Will E. (Liberty) “Trout Tales - A Study of Trout Streams in Burke County and How Water Pollution Impacts Stream” - Advancing to the Regionals

1st - Knowlton L. (Liberty) “Pascal’s Launch: Designing a Hydraulic Rocket Launcher” - Advancing to the Regionals
2nd - Eli P. (Liberty) “A Study of Exoskeletons” - Advancing to the Regionals
3rd - Ruby G., Naomi Singleton C., Soriano C. (Walter Johnson) “Engineering Martian Bricks”- Advancing to the Regionals

1st - Luke B. (East Burke Middle) “Measuring Cell Phone Electromagnetic Radiation” - Advancing to the Regionals
2nd - Hunter M. (East Burke Middle) “Dad, The Computer Isn’t Working”

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan said, “I am always amazed by our students, their intelligence and their creativity, and this year’s entries into the 2022 Middle School Science Fair are no different. These students followed the scientific method, asked tough questions and had some interesting ideas on what they wanted to research. I applaud them for doing a fantastic job with their projects and for making science fun. Congratulations to all the participants and the winners and best wishes to those headed to regionals and the next level. I also would like to thank Continental for sponsoring the science fair and investing in our students.”
In compliance with federal law, Burke County Public Schools administers all educational programs, employment activities, and admissions without discrimination against any person based on gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability.