Students Succeed at State Science Fair

Seven science projects involving thirteen students from Hays Catholic Schools garnered two Gold Awards, two Silver Awards and a Bronze Award in addition to three Special Awards at the Kansas State Science and Engineering Fair (KSSEF) on Saturday, April 6, at the Cessna Activity Center in Wichita. 

Seventh Graders Jensen Brull and Tate Dinkel (Below) earned a Gold Award in the Chemical Energy category for their research of electrical energy production from microbes living in the mud at the bottom of freshwater streams.  Their project also received the Second Place award among all categories in Division II (Grades 6-8).  Holy Family Elementary Fourth Grader Jenna Brull received a Division II (Grades 4-5) Gold Award in the Biochemistry category for her research involving DNA extraction from strawberries at different temperatures. 

Two TMP-Marian Junior High projects involving four students earned Division II (Grades 6-8) Silver Awards.  Seventh Graders Kadrian Arayza, Natalie Loftus and Anna Stark presented research concerning the effect of ultraviolet radiation on the growth of yeast.   Seventh Grader Morgan Markus received a Silver Award for her investigation of various recipes for making soap bubbles. 

Freshman Isabel Peine earned a Bronze Award in Division I (Grades 9-12) for her study of the effect of wireless communication radiations on the growth of chia plants.

Other TMP-Marian students entering projects at the KSSEF event were Seventh Graders Garrett Feauto and Dylan Werth who researched the ability of different brands of popcorn to actually pop; and Sophie Allen, Karlyn Rohr and Delaney Staab who investigated the ability of different kinds of insulated cups to retain heat.  The projects were entered in the Plant Science and Physical Energy categories, respectively.   All projects entered in the State Science Fair had previously received Gold Ratings at the Regional Science Fair held on the Fort Hays State University Campus on February 24. 

In addition to the KSSEF award presented for the Microbial Fuel Cell project, Dinkel and Brull also received three Special Awards; the Broadcom Masters Award, the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award and the Kansas Junior Academy of Science Award.  The Broadcom Master Society supports a national project-based science competition for middle school students.  The Ricoh Award opens the door to a national competition sponsored by the copier company to encourage environmentally friendly and responsible business practices.  The Kansas Junior Academy of Science Award includes an invitation to the national meeting of the American Junior Academy of Science in February of 2019.