Thursday, March 22, 2001
Clark wins Science Fair with soil-saving project
PEMBROKE -- A project on soil erosion took top honors in this year’s Region IV Science Fair.
Franklin Clark, a freshman at Fayetteville Academy, spent three months investigating whether artificial grass buffers could decrease soil erosion and improve water quality.
Staff photo by Tracy Wilcox
Franklin Clark, center, of The Fayetteville Academy, celebrates with friends after winning the top prize in the regional science fair.
Clark received a plaque and a one-year scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where the regional fair was held Wednesday. His earth science project will go on to the state science fair in April at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.
The first- and second-place winners in the biology, physical science, earth science, applied science and technology divisions in the high school and middle school levels will advance to the state competition. The top eight elementary school projects will also advance.
Clark used three man-made inclines for his experiment. Two of the inclines had artificial grass, at various widths, at the base. He used topsoil and water to demonstrate the effects of erosion. Clark spent nearly 100 hours on the project.
“He worked very hard on this,” said John Harbison, Clark’s earth science teacher. “He came up with some unusual results.”
Clark’s project showed that artificial buffers of various widths could control soil erosion.
Clark said he was pleased with the results.
“It has sparked my interest,” Clark said. “It’s something I may want to do as a career.”
The quality of projects has improved over the years, said Jose D’Arruda, chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at UNCP. This year’s projects ranged from the effects of sleep on a teen-ager’s memory to the amount of energy stored in a peanut. More than 300 projects were entered in this year’s fair.
“I am really impressed with the visual effects of many of the projects,” D’Arruda said. “I have not seen any volcanoes this year.”
The main purpose of the fair is to expose students to science, D’Arruda said.
“There isn’t enough emphasis placed in the public schools on science because it is not one of the tested areas,” he said. “That’s a shame.”
SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS
The Region IV Science Fair was Wednesday at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Following is a list of winners from the Cape Fear region:
Junior High Division
Senior High Division
Staff writer Venita Jenkins can be reached at (910) 738-9158 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reprint from Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer-Times
Updated: Thursday, November 11, 2010
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