Athens Technical College hosts regional science and engineering fair
Date: April 3, 2014
Hundreds of students, teachers, and parents descended on the Athens Technical College campus February 7 for the Northeast Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at which middle and high school students competed for the chance to take their research projects to the state level.
The students — 117 of them representing five high schools and 12 middle schools from Northeast Georgia — generated 96 science or engineering projects divided into 14 different categories. Those divisions included animal sciences, chemistry, physics and astronomy, environmental management, electrical and mechanical engineering, plant sciences, microbiology, medicine and health sciences and more.
The annual event provides a great opportunity for students to get fired up about science and for Athens Technical College to serve the community, said Trevor Wright, science laboratory manager for the college and the coordinator for the event on the Athens Campus.
“The science fair is important, as it highlights the enthusiasm and intelligence of our community’s future scientists and engineers,” Mr. Wright said. “These students will eventually be the ones solving the many technological and scientific problems that arise in the future. Athens Technical College’s involvement helps to motivate and encourage these students and brings together local businesses, schools, students, and parents to sow the seeds for mutually beneficial relationships among these groups for years to come.”
Twenty five judges from several educational institutions in the area volunteered to rate the projects and select the winning students who would go on to the state competition March 27-29 at the Classic Center.
Athens Technical College faculty members Dr. Brent Beall, chemistry instructor; Dr. Jeff Rapp, Biotechnology program chair; and Dr. Michael Mouat, biotechnology instructor, assisted with the preparation and running of the all-day event on the college’s Athens Campus.
More than half (59) of the students who competed in the Northeast Georgia Science and Engineering Fair won a standing in the competition. There were 23 first-place winners, including those students who teamed up on projects.
Chuanbo Pan, a student at North Oconee High School, won the “Best in Fair” award in the senior division for his project “myEyeAssistant — using computer vision to create a smart camera-based navigation system.” Marin Lonee, an Oconee County Middle School student, won “Best in Fair” in the junior division for her project “Taming the Mighty Mite: naturally-delivered miticides used on bee hives to kill Varroa Destructor mites.”
Other first-place winners included: Jared Johnson, Russell Middle School; Henrik Landis and Jay Reece, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School; Grace Pan, Malcom Bridge Middle School; Jackson Thebeau, Malcom Bridge Middle School; Brian Thompson-Carter, Cedar Shoals High School; Isabelle Linkous and Derrick Reid, Hilsman Middle School; Alanna Dorsey, West Jackson Middle School; Neha Mohanty, Burney Harris Lyons Middle School; Angelina Choi, Cedar Shoals High School; Claudia Gaither, Cedar Shoals High School; Natalie Jump, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School; Michael Plack, Russell Middle School; Jackson Alvarez, Bear Creek middle School; Caden Kopaniasz, Oconee County Middle School; Damian Hans, Winder-Barrow High School; Serena Mon, Cedar Shoals High School; and Aneesa Conine-Nakano, Suncana Pavlic, and Zoe Peterson, Clarke Middle School.