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Students shine at county science fair

Modified: Monday, Mar 11th, 2013

Jacob Mitchell (left) describes his project on landslides to judge Eli Mowbray at the Santa Cruz County Science Fair Saturday. (Photos by Roseann Hernandez/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — What do ladybugs prefer to eat? In a blind taste test, can people pick out their favorite name brand snack? How does watching television before bedtime impact sleep quality?

These are just some of the questions that formed the basis of science projects entered in this year’s Santa Cruz County Science Fair held at the county fairgrounds on Saturday.

A total of 457 students from 55 different schools submitted 351 projects across 16 categories, including chemistry, zoology, microbiology, behavioral and social sciences and product science in four divisions (primary, elementary, junior, senior). Students could enter individually or as a group.

On Saturday, the Harvest Building at the fairgrounds was packed as 124 judges circled the room, interviewing students as they proudly stood before their projects and recounted how they came up with their project idea and tested their hypothesis.

The judges, representing local scientists, university research staff, educators, graduate students and community partners will award first- through third-place ribbons to top projects in each category.

The science fair, supported by Seagate Technology and other community partners gives monetary awards to top projects in each division, special awards, and sponsors students who go on to compete at the International Science and Engineering Fair and California State Science Fair.

For the complete article see the 03-12-2013 issue.

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