Youths participate in campus Science Fair


By Carina Snow

Assistant Editor

 

RSC’s 2014 Science Fair recognized local elementary school children March 13 for their innovations and understanding of scientific theory and method.

More than 80 first- through eighth-graders from several local schools competed in the fair. The overall winner was Choctaw Middle School.

Dr. Frances Hendrix, vice president of Academic Affairs, welcomed the students to the award ceremony at the H.B. Atkinson Theatre.

“We are really, really happy to have you at Rose State College,” Hendrix told the children. “We hope that someday, in the not-to-distant future, you’ll consider coming here to go to college.”

Hendrix praised the children for their interest in science and math and encouraged them to “get into some careers that are fun and that you can really grow in and you can explore,” she said. “We’re very, very happy to help you get started in that.”

Jordan Hibdon, Choctaw Middle School sixth-grader, entered a chemistry science project that explored the effects of soda fizz. Hibdon, who won third place at her school for the chemistry category, said it was fun to attend the science fair at RSC.

Hibdon’s mother, Melissa Hibdon, said she thought coming to RSC was a good experience for her daughter.

“It’s been fun and something different,” Melissa Hibdon said. “It’s kind of neat seeing what everyone else has done with their projects.”

President Jeanie Webb congratulated the students and praised the RSC faculty and staff who worked to make the science fair possible.

 Science Fair Winners

 

Leanne May, Life Sciences professor, has served as the RSC Science Fair Chairwoman for eight years. She said the fair gives local students an opportunity to compete at a higher level than their individual schools.

“There are so many different modes of education that are encompassed in a single science fair project,” May said. “It’s very much interdisciplinary.

“Even if they don’t (someday) work in a field that’s involved in science, or technology, engineering, math,” she said, “there’s nothing wrong with learning how to think and be creative.”

May said the science fair encourages students to practice critical thinking, speaking and writing skills, as well as math.

The science fair had a good volunteer turnout, she said, and RSC student volunteers helped the children set up projects before judging began.

“Without our Rose State student volunteer help, it would be much more difficult,” May said. She said she hopes the science fair was fun for both the local school children and the college students.

The science fair will return in March 2015 around spring break, May said.

 

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