Lake to River Science Day draws hundreds of students


Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

More than 300 students, parents and volunteers gathered at Stambaugh Stadium on the Youngstown State University campus last month for Lake to River District 15 Science Day.

District Science Days are sanctioned by the Ohio Academy of Sciences. District 15 Science Day was jointly hosted by YSU, its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics College and OAS.

Open to fifth- through 12th-graders, students came from 20 schools throughout Mahoning, Ashtabula, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. They set up displays portraying their science or engineering projects to be judged by OAS standards.

Students work on projects for months to learn background information, design experiments to test their hypotheses and report their findings. Science projects not only provide students the benefits of planning, learning, innovation and empirical evidence but teach students how to effectively communicate their work, especially when presenting their work to judges.

Multiple judges visited each student and talked to them about their project, asking them questions about how and why they did their experiments. Judges are volunteers from many backgrounds, including YSU faculty, engineering professionals, teachers and physicians.

The Overall Best Project award went to Alyssa Armstrong from Canfield High School. The Best High School Project went to Anastasia Johnson of Canfield High School and the Best Middle School Project went to Annabelle Himes from Willowcreek Learning Center.

Students competed not only for cash prizes and awards but for a chance to represent District 15 at State Science Day on May 16 at Ohio State University. Forty-two projects and four alternates were selected as state qualifiers.

In addition to qualifying for State Science Day, nine high-school students qualified for the first Buckeye Science and Engineering Fair on April 4 at Ohio State University. Those students are Alyssa Armstrong, Jonathan Gant, Anastasia Johnson and Jordan Evans Kaplan, all of Canfield High School; Jamie Bradbury, Eric Doenge, Vanessa Frank and Kyle Peck, all of Geneva High School; and Alexandra Miller of Hubbard High School.

The fair is a pathway for students to compete at the International Intel Science and Engineering Fair.

Three students from the entire Buckeye Fair were selected to compete in the Intel Fair; Alyssa Armstrong made it the furthest with selection to the second round of judging.

Lake to River District 15 Science Day was partially underwritten by Dominion Gas, General Motors and The Raymond John Wean Foundation. Support for prizes was provided by Platinum Sponsor Vallourec Star and Gold Sponsors Buckeye Civil Design, LLC, ms Consultants Inc. and The Renal Group.

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