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Snow advances to State Science Fair

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Gwyn Snow, accepts her award for Best of Show Honors from (left) Glen Cook, Director of Science Education Foundation of Indiana (SFEI), and Howard Brooks, Regional Science Fair Director. She is one of five high school students to advance to the State Science Fair on April 4. Courtesy Photo.
Twenty-four students from Northview High School competed at the West Central Regional Science Fair last Saturday.

Gwyn Snow received Best of Show Honors, which qualifies her to attend the State Science Fair on April 4.

"Only five people in the high school division advance to state from the whole fair," project sponsor Rachel Sparks said. "So it is quite an honor to qualify to go."

Ten other students placed first in their respective categories.

Shawnie Brewer was recognized by the American Meteorological Association, Hallie Harbison and Jacki Moore won the U.S. Army Award for Best Engineering Design, Brad Harting and Caroline Disney won the Outstanding Research in Psychology Award, Kaci Kehrt won the U.S. Navy Award for Excellence in Science, Zach Ninesling won Most Outstanding Exhibit in Material Science, Snow also won the U.S. Air Force Award for Excellence in Science and Bethany Wright won Best Use of Mathematics in a Research Project award.

Students qualified for the event by submitting a research plan to a scientific review committee to determine if the project is well designed and safe before they carry it out.

"The students then perform the experimentation, collect and analyze the data then write their findings up," Sparks said. "Then, they design a display board for their oral judging interview. They are judged five times."

Others participants from Northview at the regional included Victoria Bucklin, Daylan Chambers, Sarah Christie, Shelby French, Ciarra Grigsby, Annie Johnston, Taylor Keiser, Carson Kleiber, Macy Mayle, Sam Miller, Katie Sears, Kaylee Strycker, Zeb Thomas, Joey Thomas and Tyler Trout.

The Science Fair incorporates all subjects from the core curriculum.

"As a sponsor, I feel that students learn many things from doing a science fair project. It is a great problem solving exercise, as well as requiring students to apply mathematics," Sparks said. "They have to learn how write up their findings so they are practicing technical writing skills."

Sparks also highlighted on the interview process allowing for students to practice their proficiency, which they will one day need when competing for jobs.

"The judges' interviews give them the opportunity to practice oral communication skills," she said. "They have also learned that science is a process, not a step by step recipe, time management skills, budgeting; and sometimes things happen that you can not control like plants dying."

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