If the entries into the 2002 Region IV Science Fair are any indication, the quality of science instruction in the region is on the rise, said Dr. Jose D'Arruda, Science Fair coordinator and chair of UNC Pembroke's Chemistry and Physics Department.
Dr. D'Arruda should know because he has directed the program for all of its 22 years.
"We had more entries and higher quality entries this year," Dr. D'Arruda said. "I am pleasantly pleased, especially with the growing number of entries in the technology and applied science areas."
Some of the 500 entries included hovercrafts and one named, "Robo Scarecrow: Can Robotics Keep Deer Out of the Garden?" Other entries ranged from testing ice cream, to the speed of snails, to the effects of alcohol on unborn children."
The overall winner was Elizabeth Locklear, an 11th grader from Red Springs High School. She was showered with gifts from Fisher Scientific Co. and one year of tuition at UNC Pembroke.
"I am not sure about studying science, but I believe I will use the tuition," Ms. Locklear said.
Her project, comparing solid air particles in five Robeson County municipalities, was developed from a similar project that won second place last year. Her reaction, "Shocked!"
She is the daughter of Michael and Wanda Locklear of Rennert.
The 2002 Region IV Science Fair was dedicated to the late Don Averitte, a science teacher at Flora McDonald Academy, whose students participated in the first contest and entered many more afterwards.
Here are the results:
Elementary (eight first place winners/all go to the state competition)
1st Place: Ian Helfrich, home school Caroline Womble, Boone Trail Elementary School Brooke Strouth, South Harnett Austin Collins, Cape Fear Christian Academy Elizabeth Tew, Cape Fear Christian Holly McNeill, Star-Bisco Graham Burney, Booker T. Washington Heather Bartley, Elizabethtown Primary
Honorable Mention: Keller Hopkins, Chip Lewis, MaCrae Vallery, Vanstory Elementary Andrew Niccum, Honeycutt Jackson Ferrell, Long Hill Kathleen Wood, Flora McDonald Academy Tierra Wall, Rockfish Ross Masters, Southeastern Academy Brooke Hunter, Westcare Christian Academy McKenzie Matthews, Angier Meredith McBride, Hoffman Billie Clark, Mt. Gilead
Middle School (1st and 2nd place go to state)
Applied Science: 1. Ross Clark, Max Abbott Middle School 2. Sara Hester, Spaulding Monroe 3. Joseph Chochran, St. Ann Catholic School 3. Zosia Bober, Max Abbott
Physical Science: 1. Travis Wilson, Flora McDonald Academy 2. Ty Schrader, Erwin Middle School 3. Scott Bennett, Spring Hill 4. Kaitlin Niccum, John Griffin
Biology: 1. Jennifer Davis, West Hoke Middle School 2. Erin Barfield, Sycamore Lane 3. Caroline Sexton, Spring Hill
Earth Science: 1. Brittany Denton, Dunn Middle School 2. Wesley Johnson, Dunn 3. Paul Coppala, Northwood Temple Academy 4. Kelly McKee, Max Abbott
Physical Science: 1. Julie Price, Northwood Temple Academy 2. Candace Lowry, Purnell Swett High School 3. Eban lee, Fayetteville Academy 4. Heather Lewis, Northwood Temple
Earth Science: 1. Elizabeth Dawn Locklear, Red Springs High School 2. Matthew Dial, Purnell Swett 3. Katie Thomas, Fayetteville Academy 4. Roseanne Jones, Fayetteville Academy
Biology: 1. Katherine Williams, Fayetteville Academy 2. Harper Hornaday, Fayetteville Academy 3. Justin Deese, Purnell Swett High School 4. Zack Ward, St. Pauls
Applied Science and Technology: 1. Evelyn Greene, Fayetteville Academy 2. Adam Boles, North Moore High School 3. Blair Garrison, Fayetteville Academy 4. David Settle, East Columbus