Parent Teacher Magazine Gaston County Schools March/April 2018 - Page 10

Students earn science and engineering fair awards, qualify for regionals at UNC-Charlotte Earth and Environmental Science Allison Kaercher, Stuart W. Cramer High School - Comparison of the Genetics of Local and Non- Local Honeybee Variants Gaston County Schools in partnership with the Schiele Museum and FMC Lithium conducted its annual Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair on January 5 and January 6. It was the 10th anniversary of the science and engineering fair. The competition included more than 100 exhibits and projects created by Gaston County’s best and brightest elementary, middle, and high school students. Public and private school students were eligible to participate. The Gaston Regional Science and Engineering Fair is divided into four categories: earth science, physical science, life science, and technology and engineering. Students are judged on scientific method, research, resources cited, and the types of evidence provided to support the results. Allison Kaercher, a senior at Stuart W. Cramer High School, placed first overall. Her project, Comparison of the Genetics of Local and Non Local Honeybee Variants, also earned her the distinguished FMC Lithium Award of Excellence and the Gaston College SPARC of Genius Award. All students who earned awards were eligible to submit their projects for the UNC Charlotte Region 6 Science and Engineering Fair held on Saturday, February 17. The regional winners go on to the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair set for March 23-24 in Raleigh. Life Science Dia Ray, Ashbrook High School - How Mushroom Extracts Affect the Growth of Bacteria Physical Science Mason Hamrick and Landon Baucom, East Gaston HIgh School - Blood Pressure Technology and Engineering Daniel Klasing, Stuart W. Cramer High School - Second Generation Fusion Reactions in Quasineutral Isotropic Plasmas n MIDDLE SCHOOL The following middle school students from Gaston County Schools received first place honors: Schiele Steward of the Earth Award Hezekiah Stallings, Holbrook Middle School - To Swim or Not to Swim Earth and Environmental Science Hezekiah Stallings, Holbrook Middle School - To Swim or Not to Swim Physical Science Lucas Yavelak, Cramerton Middle School - Paper Airplanes n HIGH SCHOOL Technology and Engineering Joshua Crowder, Cramerton Middle School - Which Battery Brand has the Better Value Founder’s Award Grand Prize Winner Allison Kaercher, Stuart W. Cramer High School - Comparison of the Genetics of Local and Non-Local Honeybee Variants n ELEMENTARY SCHOOL The following elementary school students from Gaston County Schools received first place honors: Gaston College SPARC of Genius Award Allison Kaercher, Stuart W. Cramer High School - Comparison of the Genetics of Local and Non-Local Honeybee Variants Overall Winners Nikki Bortolussi, Rankin Elementary - Fossil Superposition: Fact or Fooled? FMC Lithium Award of Excellence Allison Kaercher, Stuart W. Cramer High School - Comparison of the Genetics of Local and Non-Local Honeybee Variants Alicia Joyner, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy - Yummy Gummy Bear Science Lab The following high school students from Gaston County Schools received first place honors: Sambujang Conteh, Ashbrook High School - Analyzing the Effects of Inorganic and Organic Fertilizers on Microbial Soil Communities Schiele Steward of the Earth Award Natalie Faris, McAdenville Elementary - How Do Clouds Form? Samarian Ray, Ashbrook High School - The Effects of Air Fresheners on Health Earth and Environmental Science Jackson Bryant, Gardner Park Elementary - Testing Methods for Cleaning Tables Schiele Steward of the Earth Award Sambujang Conteh, Ashbrook High School - Analyzing the Effects of Inorganic and Organic Fertilizers on Microbial Soil Communities Life Science Piper Summey, Ellory Lamp, and Cora Fulbright, McAdenville Elementary - Happy Plant, Sad Plant Overall Winner Emmily Mobley, Stuart W. Cramer High School - The Legal Effects of “GenX” on Daphnia Magna Physical Science Briana Banuelas, Rankin Elementary - Growing Crystals Technology and Engineer