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Friday, Apr 18, 2014
Pasco Tribune

Science fair is learning experience


NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County students got a chance to show off their skills to the community last weekend at the Pasco Regional Science and Engineering Fair at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge.

More than 260 students presented research projects in categories ranging from biochemistry and behavioral science to environmental studies and Earth and planetary science.

Their day began early Saturday with a public viewing and several rounds of judging and ended with trophies and plaques awarded.

“The level of the experiments is so much greater than it was last year,” said Amelia Van Name Larson, assistant superintendent for student achievement.

“Many of our students today will hold jobs not yet invented with skills not yet defined,” Larson said during the awards ceremony. “We must teach them to ask the right questions to shape what is to come.”

The fair showed that innovation is not limited by age and that many of the projects filled a practical need of society.

One project studied the solar efficiency of roofing materials. Another focused on finding new ways to clean up oil spills. Raj Warman, a 10th-grade student at Academy on the Lakes, created an original mathematical equation to aid in the early detection of diseases such as cancer.

Winners will be in Lakeland on April 8 through 10 to compete in the 59th State Science and Engineering Fair for a chance to compete at the national and international levels.