Story and photos by Sgt. Alexis Ramos
Students at Carson Middle School got a chance to put their creative spirits to the test with a science fair held at the school on Fort Carson from Jan. 15-20.
All winners will take their projects to higher-level competition for a chance to win cash prizes at the Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair, State Science Fair and a possible spot at the International Science Fair. The International Science Fair will have students competing from all over the world.
Approximately 250 projects were turned in. One student tested the different angles red eye is captured on a photo, another student tested how much vitamin C concentration would be lost if refrigerated or left unrefrigerated; and another student made a futuristic vehicle.
Patricia Hawker, teacher and science fair coordinator at Carson Middle School, said a good science fair project is an experiment that really has science behind it. The project should have a variable and two setups – one experimental setup containing the variable and a control setup which does not.
Judging the event was physiology, human anatomy and integrated science teacher Colleen Barry, as well as seven science-honor students: six were seniors and one junior from Fountain-Fort Carson High School. They critiqued each project on scientific thought, skill of display, dramatic value, work content, organization and abstract value. Four winners in each category of technology, physical science and life science were selected Jan. 19 and ribbons were placed on the projects Jan 20.
The science fair takes everything the students are learning in science and puts it all into a project. It also incorporates math, reading and art in the project as well, said Hawker. Even though the assignment was mandatory for all eighth-grade students and seventh-grade honor students, for some it turned out to be more fun than they anticipated.
Seventh-grade student and third-place winner in technology, Toni J. Claiborne, made an eye-catching hovercraft named F.E.T.M, meaning “Future Earth Transportation Module.”
“I like testing things and I think it’s really interesting how you can create new things with science and I just like the subject overall,” said Claiborne.
The Pikes Peak Regional Science Fair will include all the winners from Carson Middle School. It is scheduled for March 13 at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs student center. Public viewing will be 3:15-4:30 p.m. on same day of the fair.
For more information, call 636-2433.