Coweta students win big in regional fair

Eight of the 29 entries in the recent West Georgia Science and Engineering Fair submitted from Coweta County schools came away winners and will be competing in the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair in the spring. In all, three high school students and five middle school students took home first place ribbons in their respective categories.

“This is another outstanding finish for the school system at the regional level,” said Coweta Science Curriculum Specialist Donald White.

The 29 projects entered by Coweta County middle and high school students at West Georgia were the winning projects selected at the 2013 Coweta County School System Science and Engineering Fair held Jan. 25 at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. 

First place winners in the high school division were:

Tyler Sisk, Engineering/Electrical/Mechanical: “Fuel of the Future, Part 2 – Hydrogen Fuel Cell” of Northgate High School – teacher Rebecca Marosy

Toryn Garrett, Mathematical Sciences: “The Uncanny Valley: Is it really just a math thing? Looking at the Uncanny Valley in Terms of the Golden Ratio” of Northgate High School – teacher Rebecca Marosy

Harris Wright Tidwell, Engineering/Electrical/Mechanical (1st Place, Grand Award in Physical Science) : “Designing and Constructing a Novel and Inexpensive Ion Source Capable of Producing an Efficient and Focusable Ion Beam” of East Coweta High School – teacher Katie Lowrie

First place winners in the middle school division were:

Jackson Sims, Physics/Astronomy: “Whatever Floats Your Boat” of Madras Middle School – teacher Robert Lutz

Paul T. Anderson, Behavioral/Social Sciences: “Musical Math II” of Arnall Middle School – teacher Dr. Sheila Barnes

Haley Barnett, Chemistry: “Meltdown” of Arnall Middle School – teacher Dr. Shiela Barnes

Cameron Davis, Energy/Transportation: “Insulation Sensation” of Lee Middle School – teacher Robert Doyal

Robyn Clarke, Energy/Transportation: “Getting Your Two Cents Worth” of Arnall Middle School – teacher Barbara Wagy

“We have seen a large increase in the number of student engineering projects, in particular,” said White, noting the students’ upcoming trip to the Univ. of Georgia later this month for the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair. “The state science and engineering fair is a huge deal. There are three days of competition at UGA and we’ll be competing against the best in the state.”