Student displays from 13 local school districts were judged at Alfred State College’s 19th annual Regional Science and Technology Fair.
Participating districts included Addison, Alfred-Almond, Archbishop Walsh STCS, Bolivar-Richburg, Cassadaga Valley, Friendship, Hinsdale, Homeschool, Hornell, Lima Christian School, Portville, Prattsburgh, and St. Ann’s Academy.
A total of 154 students presented 138 science and technology projects to the judges for a chance at a share of the $1,590 in prize money. Participants were divided into three divisions: senior (grades 10-12), junior (grades seven through nine), and novice (grades four through six).
Winners in the senior division included first-place winner ($250) Nathan Kloc from Portville with “Life Saving Forces,” second-place winner ($150) James Daley from Portville with “Converting Acoustic Energy into Electrical Energy Using Piezoelectricity,” and third-place winner ($100) Maggie Waugh from Portville with “Hot or Not.”
Winners in the junior division included first-place winner ($250) Isaac Howell from Hinsdale with “Tough as Nails,” second-place winner ($150) Teddan Shaw from Archbishop Walsh with “Robotic Leg,” and third-place winner ($100) Nicolas Teachout from Lima Christian School with “How Far Does a Gauss Gun Shoot.”
Winners in the novice division included first-place winner ($50) McKenzie Calderwood from Prattsburgh with “Brain Blizzard,” second-place winner ($25) Maria Rickert from Archbishop Walsh with “Solar Ovens,” and third-place winner ($15) Lilli Khettry from Archbishop Walsh with “What Foods Cut Spiciness the Best.”
The grand prize ($500) went to Hannah Cole from Portville with “Brace Yourself.”
The People’s Choice Award resulted in a tie between (Certificate/Ribbon) Jessica Munson from Portville with “Third Eye” and Bryson Jones from St. Ann’s Academy with “Soil of the Future.”
Winning Outstanding School awards were Archbishop Walsh (novice division), Addison (junior division), and Portville (senior division). All Outstanding School winners received a silver tray.
Each participant received a certificate of participation, and individual ribbons were presented to first-, second-, and third-place prize winners in all divisions. The Science and Technology Fair was sponsored by Alstom, ACES, Fisher Scientific, Alfred State College Student Senate, Alfred State College Science Society Club, Alfred State College Physical and Life Sciences Department, American Chemical Society, Estes Rockets, Carolina Biological, and Fruition Seeds.