East Kentucky Science Center & Varia Planetarium and Big Sandy Community & Technical College Announce the 2022 East KY Regional Science & Engineering Fair Awards | BSCTC

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East Kentucky Science Center & Varia Planetarium and Big Sandy Community & Technical College Announce the 2022 East KY Regional Science & Engineering Fair Awards

The East Kentucky Science Center & Varia Planetarium (EKSC) Big Sandy Community & Technical College (BSCTC) announces the 2022 winners of the East Kentucky Regional Science & Engineering Fair (EKRSEF). 

The EKRSEF is an annual regional science fair for students in grades four through twelve who win first place at their school fair. Counties eligible to participate include Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe. 

Each category's first and second-place winners advanced to the KY Science & Engineering Fair. In the high school category (grades 9-12), Cellular and Molecular Biology, the winners are Garrett Ritchie of Knott County Central for his project, Investigating the RNAi Mechanism.

In Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Hannah Long of Magoffin County High School won first place for her project Computational Method of Analyzing Genetic and Epigenetic Information for Predicting Mutations in Colorectal and Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Cancers. Hannah was also selected as the coveted International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) Award winner, where she will be competing in Atlanta, Georgia, in May 2022. 

In the Energy: Sustainable Materials and Design category, Caleb Cole, Mason Lambert and Madison Slone of Belfrey High School won for their project Nano-crystalline Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Gracyn Begley of June Buchanan School won for her project Magnetic Propulsion in Engineering Technology: Statics and Dynamics.

In Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Jonah Adkins and Brendan Hackney of Belfrey High School won with their project Friendly Nursery Pirabot. The Middle School (Grades 5-8) winners for Animal Sciences are Dovie Harless and Maleah Jarrell of Martin County Middle School for their project Is A Dog’s Mouth Cleaner Than a Human’s Mouth? Jerrod Haney of Martin County Middle School won for his project Will They Take the Bait?

In Behavioral and Social Sciences Christian Banks, Emma Dials and Olivia Fugate of Knott County Central won for the Optical Illusions project.

Tate Craft, Elijah Figueredo and Ashton Mosley of Carr Creek Elementary won for their project Organ Systems in the category of Biomedical and Health Sciences. Madeline Sanders of June Buchanon also won in this category for her project Is Six Feet Far Enough?

Emma Rowe of Salyersville Grade School won for her project Eggmosis in the category of Cellular and Molecular Biology. In the category of Chemistry, Mason Burnett, Aiden Cornett, Cole Watts - Carr Creek Elementary were chosen for their project Batteries Vs. Extreme Weather. 

For her project Soil Erosion, Madilynn Coots of Mountain View Elementary won in the category of Earth and Environmental Science. Hayden Ray of Martin County Middle School won for his project How Fast Can You Go? in the category of Energy: Sustainable Materials and Design. 

In Engineering Technology: Statics and Dynamics Wesley Rosensteel of Martin County Middle School won for his work Strongest Bridge Test. Alyssa Hale of Martin County Middle School won for her work Determining Detergent Effectiveness in Material Sciences. 

Mountain View Elementary’s Abby Sizemore’s project Whatever Sinks [Or Floats] Your Can Won. In Physics and Astronomy Brody McPeek of Prestonburg Elementary won for his project Batter Up!

Paul-Jacob Estep - Jenkins Independent Elementary won with his project Death by WiFi? Plant Recovery & Protection: The Effects of WiFi Signal on Seed Germination, Plant Growth, and the Plant Rejuvenation Process in the category of Plant Sciences. Skyla Hammond of Martin County Middle School won for her work Strawberry DNA in the same category. 

Reece Chaffins of Adams Middle School won for the project Scratch Engineering Game Design in the category of Robotics and Intelligent Machines. In the category of Animal Sciences, 

Brody Prater of Prestonsburg Elementary won for the project Catfish Tactics.

Adyson Whitehead - Mountain View Elementary won for the project Going Green with Greywater in the category of Earth and Environmental Science. Molly Mclntosh of Owsley County Elementary won for her project Plant Growth VS. Sun Exposure. Kaden Spriggs of South Floyd Elementary won for the project Oh, Snap! It's Gummy Bears in the same category. 

In the category of Physics and Astronomy, Greyson Akers of May Valley Elementary won for the project Biomechanics of Pitching: Stride vs. No Stride. In Plant Sciences, Aleena Lafferty of May Valley Elementary won for the project Does One Bad Fruit Spoil the Bunch?

Carson Couch of Mountain View Elementary won for the project Basketball Arcade Game in the category Robotics and Intelligent Machines.

We are grateful to our wonderful sponsors Kentucky Science Fair Endowment and Amazon. Special gratitude goes to John and Jean Rosenberg for their tireless support of EKSC & Varia Planetarium and EKRSEF’s presenting sponsors. Friends of the Science Center include Henry Davidson Fitzpatrick Charitable Trust, Steve and Jan Russo and Randall Burchett, Architect.

Join us on Facebook at East Kentucky Science Center and Big Sandy CTC for more information about the science center, the science fair or planetarium shows. 

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