Science projects show imagination, application
The 27th annual Tulare County Science & Engineering Fair was held March 19-23 at the Sequoia Mall in Visalia. With projects ranging from scholarly to practical, Tulare and Kings County students submitted 135 entries to the annual event.
Ducor Union's Valery Vigil tested the protection fluoride provides teeth by applying toothpaste to eggshells and then subjecting them to a variety of liquids, including vinegar, lemon, sodas, and coffee. Monache High School's Madison Meredith (who presented a project at the state championship last year) entered a study on the healthiness of water in Lake Success, using Army Corps of Engineers data for comparison.
Many students were surprised by their results. Henry Pfaff and Kyle Beedle of Three Rivers Union found that reaction times were slower for subjects using hands-free cell phones compared to those using hand-held devices - a discovery that impressed judge Diane Shew. "You have learned something that has real application in today's world," she said.
On Thursday, March 22, event organizers selected six projects to advance to the California State Science Fair beginning April 30 in Los Angeles.
2012 Tulare County Science & Engineering Fair State Finalists
2012 Tulare County Science & Engineering Fair State Alternates
A list of all of the 2012 Tulare County Science & Engineering Fair winners is available on the Science Fair website.
Jim Vidak, County Superintendent of Schools
Tulare County Office of Education
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