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Ogallala High School Students Highlight Research Projects at Science Fair

    On March 31, 2016, eight Ogallala High School students competed in the Nebraska Junior Academy of Science Central Regional Science Meet in North Platte. Students had completed research projects in their science classes that ranged from examining the way that color affects taste perception, to identifying wood by its smell, to determining the effect of triangular angles on bridge strength. The students then competed against other schools in the region for the chance to go to the state science fair held April 21st in Lincoln. Five student projects were chosen out of the almost 30 entries to go to state, and Ogallala filled 2 of those positions.  The following students earned a top 5 project and qualified for the state science fair:

Alexandria Simmerman with The Effect of Temperature on the Quality of Fingerprinting

Caroline Schaecher with The Effect of Chewing Gum on Test Achievement

Jennifer Jones says, “These types of independent research projects are invaluable to our students’ learning. They are able to choose a topic that they are interested in and then get experience in using the scientific method as they design an objective experiment. They learn problem solving, organization, and get great experience with presentation skills when they have to present to judges. It is amazing how nervous some of the chattiest kids get when they have to present something in front of someone they don’t know. This type of experience is also a great confidence booster. When these students complete their projects, they never think they are that great until they can see the projects from other schools and eventually get comments back from the judges that are filled with complements about how high a level of work they have done.”


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