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Successful 7th Annual Whatcom County Science and Engineering Fair: Elements of Discovery powered by Alcoa

March 18, 2019

The 7th Annual Whatcom County Science and Engineering Fair: Elements of Discovery powered by Alcoa occurred on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at St. Paul’s Academy’s Markell Hall (soon to be Franklin Academy).

The fair was a wonderful community gathering with 115 individual students representing 12 different schools and two home school networks throughout Whatcom County. Grades Kindergarten through ninth grade displayed 69 individual and group projects. Volunteer judges reviewed projects and interviewed each student (each student was interviewed by three different judges). In all, 44 judges/ professionals from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields donated their time on Saturday to interact with, inspire and be inspired by the upcoming generation of STEM enthusiasts and professionals.

All participants received a t-shirt, certificate, drawstring backpack, coupon for a blizzard from Dairy Queen, and a medal for their participation. Additional awards were given for the top projects in each division, and to the top 3 scoring projects overall. The St. Paul’s Academy 8th grade families provided a concession stand, with proceeds going to help fund their England trip in the spring.

The event was founded in 2013 as a regional fair to provide all Whatcom County students in grades K-12 the opportunity to participate in a local juried event. Students have the option to submit a project in the County fair or select to follow the Intel International Science Fair (ISEF) standards for the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair held annually in late March or early April in Bremerton. It is important to note that this is the fourth year that the fair was also open to entrants interested in submitting non-ISEF science projects: engineering and maker space projects, collections, and demonstrations.

Students had projects ranging in the following categories: Animal Science, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Biomedical and Health Sciences, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Energy, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics and Astronomy, Plant and Astronomy, Plant Sciences, Robotics and Intelligent Machines, and Systems Software.

St. Paul’s Academy is grateful to KAFE 104.1 FM for being the media sponsor and the following generous sponsors help to offset the costs of hosting the fair: ALCOA (Title Sponsor), Dairy Queen (Gold), STEM Tutoring (Silver), Thomas Machine & Foundry, Barnhart Contracting Remodel and Restoration (Silver), Island Periodontics & Implants (Silver), eResources, Port of Subs, Bellingham Makerspace, SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention, Rook & Rogue Board Game Pub, The Comics Place, Master Party Rentals, Marine Life Center, Summit Trampoline Park, Launching Success, and SPIE.

This year, the fair was open for viewing by the public from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. followed by the Awards Ceremony from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. This allowed community members to interact with the projects and students. Projects ranged from effects of how plants respond to light to a Kindergarten student sharing about Animals and their Habitats.

“Thought it was interesting to apply what we are learning in 5th Grade science about the chemical reaction and endangered animals. It was fun to prepare for this event”, said Asher L. from St. Paul’s Academy

“This is my first competitive Science Fair with so many people, and I like the setup of this event because it is a real competition that will allow me to compare to other projects. I think the process will challenge me to evaluate if I can think of a more complex project in the future. This is my second time at the school, as the first time was the chess tournament. I am thankful that my school encouraged me to join.” Ed H., Alderwood Elementary School

“I like Science Fair. You can be with your friends and go all out with every step of the process. Sometimes they ask you a question you’ve never thought of so it forces you to think on your toes,” said Christian L. a 5th Grader from St. Paul’s Academy.

“I have been watching the news and heard that some people don’t have clean water. I wanted to figure out how to do that”, said Muhammad Wasil Z. from Carl Cozier Elementary School. He wanted to figure out what is the most effective and cost-efficient method of purifying water: solar-powered destination, reserve osmosis, or sand and activated carbon filtration. “Now that I know that solar-powered distillation system was the most effective with my experimentation, so I want to create methods of water purification in the future to help third world countries.”

The Whatcom County Science and Engineering Fair was organized by a planning team of staff members and parents from St. Paul’s Academy.  Interested community members are welcome and encouraged to contact the planning team to get involved.  Planning for next year’s fair starts in October.

For more information regarding how to get involved in the WCSEF next year, and help be a judge or sponsor next year’s event, please contact any of the Science Fair Coordinators Theresa Wines, Tanya Miller or Heather Carter: sciencefair@sp-academy.org.

For more information regarding the Washington State Science & Engineering Fair visit: http://wssef.org/registration/

Special Thanks to Co-Science Coordinators: Theresa Wines, Heather Carter, and Tanya Miller.

Overall Awards
sponsored by ALCOA

 
3rd Washing Water: Analyzing Effectiveness and Cost-efficiency of Water Purification
Grade 4, Carl Cozier
Muhammad Wasil Z.
 
2nd Fueling the Future – Fuel Cells
Grade 8,  Kulshan Middle School
Mhammad Shahmeer I.
 
1st Hemascopes
Grade 9,  Bellingham High School
Cate Wines

 

SCIENCE EXPERIMENT Top Three
sponsored by Island Periodontics & Implants

 
3rd What Type of Wood Takes the Longest to Cut Through
Grade 3, St. Paul’s Academy
Ajax N.
 
2nd Bio-diesel: Cooking Oil as Renewable Energy
Grade 2,  Carl Cozier Elementary
Fatimah Z.
 
1st Washing Water: Analyzing Effectiveness and Cost-efficiency of Water Purification
Grade 4,  Carl Cozier Elementary
Muhammad Z.

 

ENGINEERING / MAKER Top Three
sponsored by Thomas Machines & Foundry

 
3rd Beam Bridges
Grade 4, St. Paul’s Academy
Sophie B., Xander B., Rian L.
 
2nd Arch Bridges
Grade 4, St. Paul’s Academy
Téa L., Diya P., Logan R.
 
1st Suspension Bridges
Grade 4, St. Paul’s Academy
Jacob G. and Neesha R.

 

DEMONSTRATION Top Three
sponsored by Barnhart Contracting, LLC

 
3rd All About Jupiter
Grade 3, St. Paul’s Academy
Anabelle B. and Natalya D.
 
2nd All About Sharks
Grade 3, St. Paul’s Academy
Maeve C.
 
1st How Do Airplanes Fly?
Grade 1, Bellingham Family Partnership
Riley V.

 

COLLECTION Top Three
sponsored by SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention

 
3rd Float or Sink
Grade 1, Homeschool
Gracelyn M.
 
2nd Owls Have Trash Too – Owl Pellets
Grade 4, Homeschool
Mason M.
 
1st Sea Glass
Grade 3, St. Paul’s Academy
Norah H.

 

SCIENCE EXPERIMENT Top Three
sponsored by Island Periodontics & Implants

 
3rd Rocks in Lemonade
Grade 6, St. Paul’s Academy
Trevor S., Kaylee S., Hailee W., Hannah Y.
 
2nd The Best Way to Clean Teeth After Eating A Lollipop
Grade 5, St. Paul’s Academy
Fiona H.
 
1st Fueling the Future – Fuel Cells
Grade 8, Kulshan Middle School
Muhammad I.

 

ENGINEERING / MAKER Top Three
sponsored by Thomas Machines & Foundry

 
3rd Save the Endangered Species
Grade 5, St. Paul’s Academy
Kaveer D., Sukhraj R., Tee T.
 
2nd The Environmental Bot
Grade 8, St. Paul’s Academy
Lily H. and April M.
 
1st Project Pill
Grade 5, St. Paul’s Academy
Harjas G. and Ash L.

 

DEMONSTRATION Top Three
sponsored by Barnhart Contracting, LLC

 
3rd H2O Timer
Grade 8, St. Paul’s Academy
Lauren C.
 
2nd Extinction Exists
Grade 5, St. Paul’s Academy
Brice T., Olivia V., Jillian Z.
 
1st The Tiny Islands
Grade 5, St. Paul’s Academy
Jocelyn H., Christian L., Andre M.

 

JUDGES’ CHOICE AWARD
sponsored by Friends of St. Paul’s Academy
My Cool Rocks and Fossils
Grade 3, Bellingham Parent Partnership Program
Avalon M.
 
PEOPLES’ CHOICE AWARD
sponsored by Friends of St. Paul’s Academy
Fueling the Future – Fuel Cells
Grade 8, Kulshan Middle School
Muhammad I.
 
LOGO CONTEST WINNER
sponsored by Friends of St. Paul’s Academy
Grade 8, St. Paul’s Academy
Pepper B.
 
WOMEN IN STEM AWARD
sponsored by STEM Tutoring
Hemascopes
Grade 9,  Bellingham High School
Cate W.
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