The St. Mary’s County Science and Engineering Fair Board has asked for this wordpress site to be taken down. There has been little communication between the board and me especially since I retired. I been assured that they have a new website that they plan to use but they have not communicated that to me. Before this domain come down I hope to get that web address so I can post it. I plan to archive this site on my personal site so the history of the fair can be maintained especially the pictures and programs have will be searchable from the web. It has been enjoyable serving my community and taking all the pictures for everyone. I wish all the best to the continued success of the St. Mary’s County Science and Engineering Fair. You can contact me at John@3jws.us
Adam Lindholm, Let’s Put Our Heads Together
Siara Rodriquez-Gonzalez, Tweet Tweet!
Daniel McLawhorn, Oh Say Can You See Vitamin C
Hannah Cha, Earregular
John Podsednik, Exo-Arm
Emily Imhof, The Right Step
Tucker Protzman, To Drink or Not to Drink
James Kelly, Multiclass Motor Imagery Classification
Marianne Beaulieu, Leaf Me to Die
Olivia Sowa, Marine Screen
Kyle Campbell, Smart Blinds
Zoe Coughlan, Electric Didgeridoo
Anna Stevenson, The Scoop on the Poop!
Savannah Jabr, The Dimples Efficacy
Justin Torgesen, Bring the Heat
Joshua Hoffman, Constructing a Third Hand
Bryce Harden, Retractable Parachute
Tahsin Rahman, No Fiber Left Behind: Testing Recycled Fibers
Abigayle Polsky, New But Revised Recycled Insulation
Jack O’Brien, Cat-a-Lax
Samantha Chan, Overdosing on the Ink
Margaret Holmes, Makeup Regimen or Bacterial Haven
Ashley Anderson and Danielle Joy Tayco, Filthy Rich
Finnegan O’Neill, Height-Length Ratios and C-Wings
John McFarland, Optimizing a Trebuchet
Braedon Myers, UFR (Unmanned First Responder)
Jim Toledo, Password A-Salt
Mark Beaulieu, Masterminded
Liam McCarthy, Is Something Bugging You?
Tyler Ludlow, The Impact of Video Games on Cognition
Sarah Gill, Can’t See
Mya Wise, Maple Syrup Candy
Hugo Morales, Battle of the Solvents
Alicia Linn, Water in Your Drain: Environmental Pain?
Presley Pickeral, Disinfection Water with Light
Gabriella Bowes, RV Shark
Sarah Fore, Burn Baby Burn
Cooper Brotherton –Gravity Light
William Evans, Saving Lives One Degree at a Time
Mykayla Hayden, An Examination of Drove Propeller Materials
Aidan Fitzgerald, S.O.S Hot Air Balloon
Riley Edgar, Cleaner Water Trough
Devon Cox, Don’t Drink the Water!
Sophia Prior, Does Cost Matter
Beau Hawkins, Light it Up
Michelle Linn, Greenhouse Keepin’ the Heat!
Phillip Morgan, Jr., Distance Velocity, Time Equations and Relationships
Andrea Datan, Ew! I Have a Fungus Problem!
Morgan Watkins, Cleaner Wars
Layne Howe, Pointing Out the Proportionality
Jillian Waxman, To Compost or Not to Compost
Jacqueline Tippett, Fast Grass-T
Ryan Williams, Remotely Op. Planetary Exploration Rover
Tom Wilson, Something Here is Fishy
Anabel Eschenbrenner, Bumper Carts!
We had our last board meeting before the fair last night. It was well attended with at least 14 board members, teachers and supporters showing up. We have 106 registered students for the fair and hope that most if not all will check-in Friday. History has shown that we risk a drop off when the snow day is used like this year so we will have to keep our fingers crossed. That is true also for the approximately 60 judges we have registered to support the fair.
Specifically what we are expecting is: 54 Senior Division Projects, 22 of which have chosen to be judged as Engineering projects and 28 as Science Projects, 51 Junior Division Projects, 17 Engineering and 34 Science. The total number of registered projects is down by about 20% from last year. The number of Junior Division projects usually significantly out numbers the Senior Division so I am personally worried about the future participation.
With all the new categories we could give 27 Senior Division and 26 Junior Division students the opportunity to compete in the Regional Fair: Prince George’s Area Science Fair(PGASF). That will cost the Board about $2000 of the money donated by our community. The report on our finances shows we have the money. However we never have enough money if we do as well as we can at PGASF as the four Senior Grand Award winners are given the expense paid opportunity to go to the International Science and Engineering Fair. If the winners come from our fair we are expected to fund the expenses of the students, their projects and possibly two chaperone. It is always a worrisome affaire. We want our students to do the best but we have not the money if they do. So if you or your organization can help please consider a donation to our all volunteer organization. PGASF is scheduled for 18-19 March.
The Blizzard of 2016 is forcing us to postpone the science fair to the scheduled snow dates of Feb 12 & 13. Have talked with Jason and others to make this determination. Schools are likely to be closed Monday and Tuesday and on delays after that. This precludes our getting together to finalize all our arrangements. Also, the space camp students are stranded in Alabama.
Hope you all got through the storm in good shape. Things are fine at our house. Relieved to not lose power. We’ll be in touch for our next meeting. I would expect that it will be the Tuesday before the fair.