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Franklin Science and Technology Fair gives students chance to showcase scientific abilities

April 05, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Jaimie Hickok and her son Channing, 3, of Waynesboro, check out some of the 360 science exhibits on display at the Franklin Science and Technology Fair on Friday. The fair is open to the public on Saturday from 12-4 p.m. at the Chambersburg Area Middle School South.
By Roxann Miller

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Chambersburg Area Middle School South was buzzing with activity Friday afternoon as students and parents lugged display boards to the Franklin Science and Technology Fair in time for their projects to be judged.

Now in its 31st year, the annual fair offers Franklin County students in kindergarten through 12th grade a chance to show off their scientific talents.

There are about 360 entries in this year’s fair, according to event organizers.

Catherine Hade, treasurer of the Franklin Science Council, said the fair gives students a chance to showcase their scientific abilities.

“When they learn about science in the classroom, it’s teacher-driven curriculum due to timing or state-testing. Our curriculum is very limited, so it doesn’t give them the chance to be creative,” she said. “This gives them a chance to kind of spark their creativity in an area of science that they might really enjoy, but is not going to be covered (in the classroom).”

Sydney Wenger, a fifth-grader at Lurgan Elementary School, carefully set up her display in time for the judges to evaluate her work.

She tested five kinds of soda to determine which was the worst for tooth enamel.

“I put a tarnished penny (in a cup of each soda) and saw which one took off the most tarnish,” she said.

Dr. Pepper took the most tarnish off the penny, Sydney said. So if it takes the most tarnish off the penny, then it would take the most enamel off of your teeth, she said.

This is the first year the 10-year-old participated.

Daymonie Hickok, 12, a student as Summitview Elementary School, can’t get enough science.

“He’s really into science. He likes to experiment with stuff,” said Daymonie’s stepmother, Jaimie Hickok of Waynesboro, Pa.

Daymonie wanted to see what vinegar would do to the strength of a chicken bone.

“My hypothesis was wrong,” he said. “I didn’t think it would do anything. But the vinegar made it almost rubbery.”

Joseph Heintzelman, 16, a student at James Buchanan High School, was firing up his three-story elevator on Friday night.

Joseph’s engineering teacher, Bill Brooks, encouraged him to enter the fair.

“One of the main reasons is so they can show off the work that they did in class,” Brooks said. “It’s real easy for them to do something in class which is somewhat exciting, but unless they get to demonstrate it to other people and show it off, it doesn’t really mean a whole lot.”

“It was a lot of fun to do it,” said Joseph, who wants to be a civil engineer.

Brooks said the job market for science and engineering positions is wide open.

“Things are going to be done by machines (in the future), and unless you know how the machine works and runs, the jobs aren’t going to be there,” he said.

The Franklin Science and Technology Fair will be open to the public today from noon to 4 p.m. The awards ceremony begins at 4 p.m.

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