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Young scientists compete in annual fair

Young scientists compete in annual fair

Morganton, NC – Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024

Burke County middle schoolers answered many intriguing science questions in the annual Burke County 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 ten students entered six projects in three 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. All first place winners will advance their projects to the regional science fair held at Appalachian State University. The winners are:

Biological Science A and Biological Science B
1st - Bailey H. (Table Rock) Gelling Together: A Study of Hydrogels in Farming 
2nd - Gabriel B. (Walter Johnson) Scratch App for Brain Training/Memory Loss

Chemistry and Engineering
1st - Chaeyoung L., Calen H., Dev P. (Liberty) Energy Within Drinks: A Study of Electrolytes
2nd  - Naomi S.-C. and Jordynn H. (Walter Johnson) 3D Printed Mini Drone

Earth and Environmental Science
1st - Gabby F. (Liberty) Does the Amount of Algae Increase in a High CO2 Environment?
2nd - Abigail T. (Walter Johnson) Solar Powered Oven

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Swan said, “I am always so proud of our students’ intelligence and creativity at the Middle School Science Fair. These students followed the scientific method, asked tough questions and had some interesting ideas on what they wanted to research. 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.”