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Atwater, Merced Take Top Honors at STEM Fair

Atwater Elementary and Merced City took the top spots at the second annual Merced County STEM Fair on March 8 at the Merced County Fairgrounds Pavilion Hall.

Hosted by the Merced County Office of Education, the event showcased nearly 40 science projects from more than 50 students in grades 6 through 8. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

First Place winning projects included: Sixth graders Riley Stubbs and Ruth Hansard from Mitchell K-6 in Atwater with their microbiology project “5 Second Rule: Looks Can Be Deceiving”; eighth grader Thomas Garner from Mitchell Senior for his aerodynamic/hydrodynamic project “Comparison of Two Different Propulsion Systems”; and sixth grader Dana Saeteurn from Chenoweth in Merced with her math and computer science project “Help Cat Find His Clarinet: How Sound Cues Affect a Visually Impaired Person’s Ability to Play Video Games.”

Those three exhibits will compete in the California State Science Fair on April 23-24 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

Participating school districts included Atwater Elementary, Delhi Unified, Dos Palos-Oro Loma, Los Banos Unified, Merced City and Our Lady of Mercy.

The exhibits were judged by local scientists or professors from UC Merced and Merced College, among others.

In addition to projects on display from those school districts, other exhibits include clubs from MUHSD, Google, UC Merced, Merced Educational Television (METV), MCOE Fab Lab and MCOE Teacher’s Center.

There was also a special video presentation from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Congressman Jim Costa.

This event was made possible by sponsorship from the Merced County Education Foundation, Merced Irrigation District and Pacific Gas & Electric.

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