Gold ranking earned students an invite to the state Science & Engineering Fair
Three students from Monroe Area High School took home the gold at the schools first ever entry to the Northeast Georgia Science & Engineering Fair in January, earning them a spot to compete in the state Science & Engineering Fair later this month.
The entry that earned the gold for Breanna Peters, Zach Greer and Caeden Mason was titled Effective Rocket Fuel Mixtures for Physics and Engineering Teachers. It was submitted by the three MAHS 11th-graders, along with the guidance of MAHS physics teacher, Gino Elia.
“Rocket fuel is actually a pretty loose term, given the fact that the project revolved around homemade bottle rockets,” said MAHS junior Caeden Mason. “The main goal of the project was to test different mixtures of vinegar and baking soda to see which would fly higher (Coke and Pepsi bottles were also tested for aerodynamics, but that wasn’t the main part of the research). The three vinegars used were cleaning, white, and apple cider.”
He went on to explain the results of the research.
“Cleaning performed the best, while apple cider was the poorest overall. The science fair graded projects based off of research and practicality,” Caeden said. “So while the rockets went up against (no joke) a project about cancer, the bottle rockets still managed to place along with it because the research conducted was sound and said projects would help engineering and physics teachers give students a more hands-on experience with 2-D motion.”
The 71st Georgia Science & Engineering Fair will take place on March 28 – 30, 2019 at the University of Georgia’s Classic Center in downtown Athens. According to the GSEF website, this fair is Georgia’s premier forum for students to be able to showcase their original research while competing for awards. It also gives them the opportunity to interact with top-level professional scientists. Every year, thousands of students compete in local science fairs across the state. The winners of these fairs are invited to compete at a regional level in January and February and the top projects from each regional fair are invited to compete at GSEF. For the MAHS students, their Gold win gives them the opportunity to share their research with some of the top scientists in Georgia as well as to compete for awards and scholarship. A number of projects from the state competition will be chosen to advance to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Phoenix, Az. in May 2019.