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​  Mnemonics, Fitbits, Optical Illusions  Students Invent Unique Science Fair Projects
​ Mnemonics, Fitbits, Optical Illusions Students Invent Unique Science Fair Projects
Chelsea Shar
Wednesday, February 21 2018

Story by ALLIE COX, ERIC DUNN and MEGHAN FRAZIER

Photos by KYLEIGH FERRALL, TAYLOR BOSCINI and YEARBOOK STAFF

Fifteen Alliance students are eligible to compete in the District Science Fair at the University of Mount Union March 10 after earning Superior ratings on their projects in the Science Alliance.

If they receive a Superior at the district fair, these students have a chance to qualify for the State Science Day at The Ohio State University in May.

Junior Alexandra Cox’s project, “Can Furrows and Cow Manure Compost Be Added to Hydrophobic Soil to Improve Water Absorption?” won the award for the Environmental Science category as well as the Best in Show award.

Sophomores Tommy Gress and Emily Kungle won the Best Behavioral Science award for their project, “How the Majority Affects Individual Ideas.”

The best project in the Math category belonged to sophomore Eleanor Brugh for her project, “Patterns in Variation for Pascal’s Triangle.”

Eighth grader Caroline Denny had the best project in the Microbiology category for “How Does the Length of Heat Shock Affect the Transformation Efficiency of E.coli?” The eighth-grade team of Samantha Gotter and Alyssa Risley won best project in Chemistry for “How Well Markers Come Off Painted Drywall.”

Other students who received superior ratings were sophomores Daniele Bush, Rhiannon Phillips, Adam McMillen, Nick Deack, Tim Sams, Logan Bell and Will Rose, plus eighth grader Aidan James.

There was no shortage of interesting topics at the Science Alliance on Feb. 9.

Juniors Katelyn Howell, Kylie Gordon and Jaiden Harsh did a project on optical illusions.

“My favorite part was hearing the test subjects tell what they saw in the illusions,” said Katelyn.

Alexandra Cox, also a junior, said she chose her project on water absorption in soil “because I live on more than 40 acres of land, so I'm interested in farming techniques and how they can be improved.”

Juniors Jameson Roar, Cameron Cox and Aaron Maley did a science fair project that put aluminum and wooden baseball bats head to head.

“My favorite part was conducting the actual experiment and hitting the baseballs,” said Jameson.

Katlyn Zurbrugg tested “Gamers’ vs Non-Gamers’ Reaction Times.” Not surprisingly, she found that “people with more time on gaming tend to be faster than people who do not game regularly.”

Rhiannon Phillips found that more people remembered things they saw than things they heard in “Measuring Memory.”

In her project called “Is Your Fitbit Legit?” Madison Sams found that “the more you walk, the less accurate it (The Fitbit) gets.”

For her project,“Learning Styles and Academic Performance,” Daniele Bush found that more students learned well kinesthetically, using body, hands and sense of touch.

Juniors Stefan Thalacker, Megan Brookes and Shiann Jackson did a project on mnemonics, or tricks to help remember things.

“Science fair was a great opportunity to see hard work pay off,” Stefan said. “I learned a lot and think I’d like to participate again next year.”

Alexandra Cox's science project won the Environmental Science category as well as the Best in Show award in the Science Alliance

Daniele Bush explains her project “Learning Styles and Academic Performance" to the judges

Juniors Kade Walton and Damion Kinkade learned "What Makes Ice Melt Faster?"

Juniors Katelyn Howell, Kylie Gordon and Jaiden Harsh did a project on optical illusions

Katlyn Zurbrugg tested gamers' vs. non-gamers' reaction times. Not surprisingly, gamers won.

Madison Sams found that Fitbits become less accurate as more distance is covered