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February 26, 2012

Regional science fair this week

All good science experiments start with a purpose, said Hilldale Middle School science teacher Amber Horn.

“You usually ask a question, then make a hypothesis or educated guess. Then you experiment, analyze your results, come to a conclusion,” Horn said. “That’s the scientific method.”

Students from seven counties will show how well they know the scientific method as they show projects in the Muskogee Regional Science and Engineering Fair this week. Muskogee Public Schools and Connors State College sponsor the fair.

Best science fair exhibits will advance to the Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair from March 8 to 10 in Ada. Top two winners of the regional fair go to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, set for May in Pittsburgh.

Jim Wilson, assistant MPS superintendent of personnel and support services, said 197 projects are entered in this year’s fair.

“The number of junior high entries is a lot bigger than the high school,” Wilson said. “We have very few high school groups this year. The economy has cut into our entries.”

Horn, who teaches sixth-grade science, said three Hilldale students entered, fewer than in past years. She said entering the science fair was voluntary this year. She said she’ll make it a class requirement next year.

She said this year’s entries include an examination of Lenz’s Law dealing with magnets, a study on whether moths have color preferences and how much salt do you put in water to make an egg float.

Horn said taking part in a science fair helps her students develop speaking skills and self-confidence, as well as learn the scientific method.

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.If you go

If you go

WHAT: Muskogee Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

WHEN: Displays open, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Award presentations, 10 a.m. Wednesday.

WHERE: Muskogee Civic Center.

COUNTIES INVOLVED: Adair, Cherokee, Wagoner, Okmulgee, Sequoyah, Muskogee and McIntosh.

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