Franklin County held its first ever Forgotten Coast Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 6 at the Franklin County School Multipurpose Building.
All Franklin County middle and high school students who placed first or second in their school fair categories were invited to attend. Franklin County School and ABC Charter School students competed for chances to attend the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair April 8-10 in Lakeland.
The regional fair director, Sharon Solomon, said she was thrilled to see the regional fair through to completion. She has been trying to relocate the regional fair to Franklin County for 30 years. Until this year, Solomon said Franklin County had to travel to Quincy to participate in the West Bend Regional Fair, a fuel expense and major inconvenience for students and parents.
The following is a list of the overall winners that were eligible to go to the Florida State Science and Engineering
ABC School seventh grader Andrew Nguyen, , "Fans and Airflow: Cool Computer”
Franklin County seventh grader Duncan Whaley "Is there lead in the soil?”
ABC School seventh graders Hailey Gay and Bryce Kent, "Play Ball”
Franklin County School eighth grader Dalyn Sheridan, , "Archery-Broadhead Speed”
Franklin County School eighth grader Jack Harris-Franklin County School-"Which stain remover works best?"
Gay, Kent, and Whaley went to State Science and Engineering Fair, in Lakeland, on April 8-10.. In order to attend the state fair, students had to win one of eight overall placements at the regional fair in Franklin County.
Solomon, along with a dedicated group of parents, chaperoned the three children that competed. Whaley won the Hernando Region Award and a check for $25 for his project on testing for lead in the soil around his home.
Gay and Kent won the American Physics Society Award and a check for $50 for their team project on the physics of playing ball. The children were competing against more than 900 children in middle and high school throughout the state.