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Appalachian hosts Northwest Regional Science and Engineering Fair

BOONE—A total of 379 students from 81 schools participated in the Northwest Regional Science and Engineering Fair hosted Dec. 15 by Appalachian State University’s Math and Science Education Center.

View larger imageView larger imageParticipants in the Northwest Regional Science and Engineering Fair included Andrew Scarbro (top photo) and Leah Bowman (bottom photo). Scarbro, a third grader from Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in Wilkes County, researched what substances will melt ice the fastest. He is the son of Melissa and Larry Scarbro Bowman, a fifth grade student from Copeland Elementary School in Surry County, studied the pH level of different water sources. She is the daughter of Julia and Harley Vestal.

Teachers from 13 school systems along with faculty members from the university judged a total of 304 projects selected for the competition.

Counties represented were Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Davie, Iredell, Surry, Yadkin, Watauga and Wilkes.

The fair provided an opportunity for elementary, middle and high school students to display the results of their work involving research, planning, and application of scientific methods.

Winners from the eight district-level competitions will participate in the state science fair in Raleigh April 2016.