WUFT News

Gainesville teens to compete in international science fair

By on February 21st, 2013

Three teenage Alachua County scientists will compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Top scores at the Alachua Region Science and Engineering Fair secured the students’ spots at the prestigious event.

ZoEllen Warren, Alachua County School Board’s supervisor of science, said the fair gives the students the opportunity to put everything they’ve learned to the test.

“A science fair includes language arts,” Warren said. “It includes reading. It includes math, and it’s not just science-specific. Students get the opportunity to put everything together and use the information that they’ve learned along with the scientific process to investigate a topic of their choice.”

At the regional level, Meenakshi Bose won best in show and first place in the medicine and health category for her project “Year 3: The Role of Various Heat Shock Proteins and Amyloid in Alzheimer’s Disease.” Lucinda Peng also won a best in show and first place in the physics and astronomy category for “Foot Stroke Patterns During Running,” and Jessica Lee placed first in the behavioral and social category with a project focusing on children of Chinese descent.

All three students are from Eastside High School’s International Baccalaureate program.

Warren said that by participating in these science fairs the students are able to gain a more practical application of what they learn in class.

“In the long run, I think students learn more about what science includes, what it’s all about,” Warren said. “It’s not just sitting at a desk and working from a textbook. Students learn that science is everywhere, and it includes everything.”

The three high school students scored high enough to automatically qualify for the international fair, but they will still go to the Florida Science and Engineering Fair in Lakeland on March 26 before attending the international fair in Phoenix.

At the international fair, students from about 50 countries compete. The Eastside students will get the chance to meet students from around the world as well as Nobel Prize winners.

“The international experience is something they’ll never forget,” Warren said.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair begins May 12.

Emily Stanton wrote this story online.


This entry was posted in Local and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Gainesville's Labor Daze Fest attracted attendees for music and political conversation. Jon Uman, candidate for State House 21, was also in attendance.

Labor Daze Fest Provides Venue for Music and Politics

Gainesville’s annual Labor Day event, Labor Daze Fest, attracted visitors for fun as well as for political conversation. Minimum wage and labor unions were among the topics some attendees hoped to hear more about.


Alachua County Sheriff’s Office To Supervise Waldo After Ticketing Charges

A plan, under development, would allow the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office to supervise Waldo police operations after allegations that the former chief and interim chief established illegal ticketing quotas.


University of Florida President Bernie Machen is doused with ice water for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Machen was nominated to participate in the nationwide campaign by Kéran Billaud, a Ph.D. student at UF.

UF President Participates in ALS ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

University of Florida President Bernie Machen participated in the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” on Monday. Machen nominated all YouTube viewers as well as the president of UF Student Government and the vice president of the UF Division of Student Affairs.


State Buys Land For Florida Greenway

State park managers have said they will be buying or trading land in Marion, Palm Beach, and Jackson counties. This is to fill the gaps of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, a recreational outdoor area that spans 110 [...]


The charred remains of a Levy County home are all that remain following a fire that killed two people early Wednesday morning, August 20, 2014. (Virginia Hamrick/WUFT News)

Two People Die in Levy County Home Fire

Local law enforcement and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating a mobile home fire that occurred in Levy County early Wednesday morning.  Lt. Scott Tummond of Levy County Sheriff’s Office said the Bronson Fire Department responded to calls at [...]


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Day Sponsorship Payments
Underwriting Payments