The following regional winners Andrew Cannon Sam Carter, Winston Cornish, Clarke Finger, Addie Rinehart, Braxton Sizemore, Jocelyn Watson, Julianna Watson, and three alternates Clara Clifton, Mallory Fletcher, and Macy Taylor will travel to the University of Georgia in Athens on March 30-April 1 to compete in the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair.
The school-level first place finalists who competed at the regional fair were as follows: 6th grade: Jon-Henry Ellis, Faith Fitzgerald, Andrew Cannon, Adelyne Welch, Katelyn Poole, Katherine Jones, Sofia Jimenez, Macy Taylor, Anne Martin, and Harris Jackson; 7th grade: Nicholas Hall, Matthew Lewis, Sam Carter, Andrew Geyer, Clarke Finger, Ben Yentzer, Sydney Deutsch, Austin Chastain, Jocelyn Watson and J.J. Williams; 8th grade: Juliana Watson, Reid Harbin, Carsyn Kelley, Mallory Fletcher, McKena Willis, William Rainey, David Lee Jordan, Christian Sadler, Maddie Rome and Clara Clifton; and 9th grade: Braxton Sizemore, Winston Cornish, Addie Rinehart, S.Welch & Felicity Tipton, Emily Dixon, Ryan Jones, Spear Celaya & Meta Ughetto, Jett Kiminas, Makayla Weeks, Haleigh Bass, and Eli Harbin.
Thomasville City Schools held their annual Science Fair on December 5th. Two Thomas County Central High School science teachers, two Thomas County Central Middle School science teachers, and three Thomas University professors were called upon to objectively judge the students’ work. The judges use a rubric that consists of five topics; creativity, scientific thought, thoroughness, skills, clarity of exhibit and display. Each topic has a description of what would earn a good grade on that section, and also what wouldn’t make as such a good of grade. All of the topics have grade points that range anywhere from 3 points, to 25 points in each section.
“Most winners who move on to regionals average about a 90 or higher on the rubric, because that makes it seem like an A test grade,” said science teacher Jonathan Ariail.
The Scholars Academy requires that a science fair project be completed once a year from every student, in grades 6th through the 9th.
“Doing science fair projects from the 6th to the 9th grade really taught me to think outside the box and look at world problems to choose a topic and when I chose a topic it taught me how to work efficiently for an accurate answer,” said student Peyton Wright.
The students have been working very diligently on this project since the beginning of the school year. Every so often the students would have to turn in checkpoint work to their teachers, to make sure that they were on the right track to finishing. The process was divided by five checkpoints throughout the semester.
“I think doing science fair helps students learn how to take more time on projects when they get older because science fair is such a long term project. A lot of projects these days are very short term and students do them very quickly without putting too much effort into them, but we hope science fair changes that,” said middle school and high school science teacher Christie Ariail.