Region IV Science Fair in its 20th Year
is the highest level of scientific work I have ever seen," said veteran
Science Fair coordinator Dr. Jose D'Arruda. "This is what doing science
is all about."
The 20th Region
IV Science Fair was held March 21 on the UNC Pembroke campus, and Dr.
D'Arruda has been there for every one. This year, 317 science projects
from over 50 different schools in the region were judged, and the best
are sent to state competition next month in Greensboro.
The purpose of the
Science Fair is to expose students to the rigors of scientific methodology,
Dr. 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."
On the other hand,
Dr. D'Arruda said the topics and projects in the Science Fair are more
complex each year.
"I haven't seem
any volcanoes this year," he said. "I am really impressed with the visual
effects of many of the projects this year."
One project that
impressed the judges was submitted by overall winner Franklin Clark
IV, a student at Fayetteville Academy.
"The name of my
project would fill up a page," Mr. Clark said. "In short, it's about
the effects of artificial reparian buffers on erosion of rivers."
He had some advice
for fellow contestants.
"I got the idea
from my father," Mr. Clark said. "I worked over 100 hours on it."
were divided about whether science projects were for fun or learning.
and Blake Rich, both of Bladen Lakes Elementary School, said "learning
stuff" was the most important part of the competition.
"My project was
to find out what is the hottest part of the day," Mr. Rich said. "It's
1 p.m." Beth Mundy and Allie Marshall of Elizabethtown Primary Schools
said fun and learning were both important. "My project was on the insulating
effects of fat," Ms. Mundy said "My hypothesis was that the more fat
the warmer water would stay. I used shortening."
As with many projects,
the results Ms. Mundy found were not in line with her hypothesis. But,
she said, "that's OK."
WINNERS IN THE
20TH UNCP REGION IV SCIENCE FAIR
Award: Whitney Kinlaw of Dublin Elementary
Awards: Elizabeth Godwin, Dunn Middle; Paizley Patterson, Southeastern
Academy; Ethan Lamaster, Bladen Lakes; Elizabeth Kerry Locklear, Purnell
Swett; Elizabeth Locklear, Red Springs.
Society Award: Hon. Mention: Taylor Lammonds, Star/Biscoe Elementary;
Matthew Lanier, Star/ Biscoe; 3rd - Max Hartley, Clarkton School of
Discovery; 2nd - Shannon Hester, Bladenboro High School; 1st - David
Settle of Hallsboro Middle
Winners: (eight top places qualify for state competition) 1st -
Laura Spell, Fayetteville Academy; 2nd - Theresa King, Lafayette Elementary;
3rd - McKenzie Matthews, Angier Elementary; 4th - Kathie Mac Taylor,
Wescare Christian Academy; 5th Kelsey Blake - E. Melvin Honeycutt Elementary;
6th - David Kinlaw, Bladen Lakes Primary; 7th Ethan Lamaster, Bladen
Lakes Primary; 8th - Stevie Bunn - Elizabethtown Primary
2nd Place - Nicole
Evans, St. Pauls Elementary; Heather Hartley and Charlotte Tatum, Elizabethtown
Elementary; Mical Moore - Booker T. Washington Elementary; Victor Onate,
3rd Place - Jarod
Rodgers, Mt. Gilead Elementary; Brittany Martin, Star/Biscoe Elementary;
Jacob Elliott, Page Street Elementary; Allison Cape Fear Christian Academy.
1st place - Matt Williamson, Southeastern Academy; 2nd - Bailey Shook,
Flora McDonald Academy; 3rd - Dwayne Beason II, John Griffin Middle;
4th Graham Strother and Greg Brigman, West Hoke Middle
1st - David Settle, Hallsboro Middle; 2nd - Caitlin Barnes, South
View Middle; 3rd - Paul Coppala, Hoke Middle; 4th - Brett Young, Northwood
1st - Elizabeth Godwin, Dunn Middle; 2nd - Max Hartley, Clarkton School
of Discovery; 3rd - Heather Brewer, St. Pauls Middle; 4th - Cameron
Dowless, Clarkton School of Discovery
Science and Technology:
1st - Aaron Plarnick, John Griffin Middle; 2nd - Jeremy Faircloth,
Dunn Middle; Katrina Van Borkulo, Northwood Temple; 4th - Zachary Crowford,
West Hoke Middle
Senior High Division
1st - Nathan Humphrey, Flora McDonald Academy; 2nd - Pete Marozzi, Union
Pines; 3rd - Charlotte Johnson - Purnell Swett; 4th - Elizabeth Locklear,
Science and Technology:
1st Bryce Bordone, Fayetteville Academy; 2nd - Brittany Estadt,
Tar Heel; 3rd - Jonathan Blue, Northwood Temple; 4th - Jena Babson,
1st - Noele Hester, Bladenboro; 2nd - Christopher Henley, Fayetteville
Academy; 3rd - Jaimie Locklear, Red Springs; 4th Jennifer Davis, Bladenboro
1st - Franklin Clark, Fayetteville Academy; 2nd - Elizabeth Locklear,
Red Springs; 3rd - Ben Burke, Flora McDonald; 4th - James Sessoms, Tar
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