Which hand cleaner is the most effective? How are your beverage containers affecting our oceans? How does wind affect the speed of an airplane? Determining the effect of Disulfiram on the proliferation and metastasis of breast cancer cells. These are a sampling of middle school and high school projects at the annual Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
Participation is up with 475 middle school and 250 high school budding scientists and engineers competing for honors and state-level selection.
Boys and girls fielded questions from several different judges, giving them a chance to explain their projects in detail. The judging team was comprised of 136 retired teachers, engineers and scientists from throughout the county, including District 4 school board member, Erica Whitfield.
“The ability to identify a problem and design or execute a solution and communicate those outcomes, gives them 21st century career skills,” says Jennifer Davis, Palm Beach Regional Science and Engineering Fair Director.
42 students will be chosen to go to the state competition. 7 high school students will be chosen for an International competition. The elementary school Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be held in the spring.