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Archbishop Walsh Academy and Southern Tier Catholic School hold second annual science fair

Fri, Feb 23rd 2018 03:00 pm

By CINDY WAGNER, Olean Times Herald

OLEAN — Kids interested in engineering were a big part of the second annual Archbishop Walsh Academy and Southern Tier Catholic School science fair.

Students in grades fifth through 12th submitted projects they had worked on since the school year began last fall, an earlier start than they got last year. Each project had to include a research question, hypothesis and conclusion, but the students were free to choose their focus, which allowed them to pursue their own, very unique, interests.

The projects were as different as the students who built them.

Sisters Noella and Keely Policastro, both 13 and in the eighth grade, built practical vehicles.

"My dad hurts himself a lot because we have a farm and he needed something ... I wanted to help him out," Noella said. She built a solar-rechargeable motorized cart that can carry things for him.

Keely built a human powered, electricity-generating bicycle that can be used to charge phones or tablets and light a lamp.

"It's not that hard, really," she exclaimed about building her experiment.

Janay Patton's project demonstrated how someone can turn eggs into bouncy balls by soaking them in various liquids.

"Vinegar works best," she exclaimed, "but salt water doesn't really do anything."

On Thursday, the excited students presented their projects to eight judges during the day, and the public was invited to view them from 6 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium.



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