Students impress at NLMS Science Expo
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Teachers are faced with the difficult task of engaging and bringing to life every lesson that is taught in the classroom. Jaclyn Robinson, seventh grade science teacher at Nichols-Lawson Middle School in Sylacauga, set out to do just that, organizing a seventh-grade science expo Jan. 23 for students to perform experiments and present results in a noncompetitive setting.

Feedback from the judges was used to aid in the selection of the top six projects, and judges were impressed with how well participants were able to articulate what they did throughout their studies. In addition, NLMS Principal Debbie Barnett was pleased with the organization of the event and the large turnout of parents, teachers, and other community members.

Hayden Owings and Zachary Miller, the two young men on the bottom left, were eager to demonstrate to any interested onlooker what they had learned about creating electricity. They titled their study “The Kelvin Generator.”

Keziah Sanders, the young lady in the middle on the bottom, tested how far she can fly her hot air balloon. She called her project “High Flyin’” and investigated how temperature of air affects the flight height of a hot air balloon.

Brady Davis, bottom right, titled his discovery-learning project “Man vs. Nature.” In his project, he worked to determine whether synthetic or natural antimicrobials were more effective at killing bacteria.

Max Cleveland and Will Hughes, top left, decided to figure out what they would need to make their very own magnets. They discovered that if they used a couple of nails, copper wire, and the right batteries, they could create a “Homemade Magnet.”

Danielle Hanrahan, Dalton Hanrahan and Nicole Wilson, top middle, did a project titled “Busted,” which lived up to its name. These three students applied hundreds of rubberbands to the outer circumference of watermelons, to see if the pressure generated would be sufficient to burst the melons. They discovered that warmer rubberbands were more efficient at bursting melons than cooler rubberbands.

Grace Abernathy and Madalyn Ingram, top right, set out on a quest to discover how maximum cooking temperature and type of milk affect the consistency of the yogurt. They titled their project, “Yummy Yogurt.”

Robinson was very proud of the students and the amount of effort that was evident in their presentation. She said she is looking forward to making the science expo even bigger next year.