The Stephens County Area Science Fair was held Fri., Feb. 17 and Sat., Feb. 18, at Red River Technology Center in Duncan.
Sponsored by the Duncan Optimist Club and Halliburton, along with several other local businesses, the science fair attracted approximately 130 students from Stephens, Jefferson, and Cotton counties.
Students ranging in age from fifth to twelfth grades submitted projects to be judged across a wide variety of categories including: Animal Science, Innovation, Biology, Physics, Communication, Engineering, and more.
Each student was evaluated by four different judges from a group of over 20 volunteer judges who represented several different sectors of business and industry in the area.
During the setup and judging period on Friday night, students, parents and other guests were able to tour three of Red River Technology Center’s STEM programs: Electronics Technology, the Biomedical Science Academy, and the Pre-Engineering Academy. Each tour offered something different, with guests being able to solder a circuit project in Electronics to examining specimens under a microscope in the Biomedical Science Academy.
The awards presentation on Saturday morning saw over 20 students recognized for their hard work, with several students winning multiple awards.
During the awards ceremony, special recognition was also given to Red River Technology Center Biomedical Science Academy instructor Edith Suiter when it was announced the yearly teaching award would be renamed the Edith Suiter Outstanding Teacher Award in her honor. Suiter, who has taught at RRTC for eight years, also spent many years as a science teacher at Duncan Public Schools.
The 2017 recipient of the Edith Suiter Outstanding Teacher Award was Jeanna Russell, a science teacher at Duncan Middle School.
The overall winner of this year’s science fair and recipient of the Nottingham Award was Ryley Dumas, a senior at Empire High School, with his project entitled “Parous Mouse: A Comparison of the Uterine Nodular and Inter-Nodular Areas.”
For more on the science fair and the winner, see the Wednesday edition of The Duncan Banner.