Vasu Mahapatra, an eighth grader at Dawson Middle School, participated in the 2013 ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair held at San Antonio March 23-26.
The state level competition, hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio, was attended by more than 1,000 middle school and high school students from across the state. Participants were selected from 12 regional science and engineering fair competitions.
Vasu’s project titled, “Don’t Judge Your Lawn by its Looks Alone – Chemical Lawn Treatment and Loss of Microbial Diversity in the Soil,” won second place in the Environmental Science category in Division II (grades 6-8) at the Fort Worth Regional Science and Engineering Fair. The project was also nominated to participate in the 2013 Broadcom MASTERS National Middle School Science & Engineering Fair Competition.
Texas Woman’s University encourages Carroll ISD students to participate in the university’s upcoming Edible Car Contest and Science Fair. The Edible Car Contest is scheduled for March while the university’s Science Fair will be in April. Both events will take place on the TWU Denton Campus.
The Edible Car contest, which is open to students in grades 6-12 as well as TWU students, will take place from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1 in Hubbard Hall, located on Administration Drive on TWU’s Denton campus. There is a $24 entry fee per team and the registration deadline is Feb. 24. Cash prizes totaling $600 will be awarded to the winners of the contest. Click here for more information or to register or contact Anna Bussart at (940) 898-3325 or email@example.com.
Teams consist of four members, of which at least two must be female. All team members are encouraged to attend the event, but at least three team members are required to be present during the event and to claim any prize winnings. Entries need to resemble cars and adhere to dimensional specifications found in the contest rules. Cars will be tested and judged on their ability to roll down an inclined ramp, thus testing the durability, design and performance of the car. Other areas judged will be creativity, ingenuity and design. The total cost of materials should not exceed $15. All contest entries must be made of food that is edible to humans.
Registration is also underway for the 24th annual TWU Science Fair. The competition is open to all students in public, private, parochial and home schools in kindergarten through ninth grade. There is a $10 entry fee per student and the registration deadline is April 5. Click here for more information and to register. Each entry will be judged on scientific ability, clarity, skill, thoroughness and creative ability. All participants will be awarded a ribbon. A first- and second-place trophy will be awarded for the “Best in Grade” top two outstanding projects in each grade K-9. “Best in Class” trophies will be awarded to the projects judged best in the lower elementary division (grades K-3), the upper elementary division (grades 4-6) and the junior division (grades 7-9). The “Best Group” trophies will be awarded to the best group project in the lower and upper elementary divisions. Each student will receive a ribbon placing their project as Outstanding, Excellent, Commendable or Honorable Mention.
The TWU Science Fair is designed to raise interest and involvement in mathematics and science for area youth, as well as recognize and commend local scientific talent and hobby pursuits.