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SISD high school students excel at district, regional science fairs

Earlier this month, scores of Socorro Independent School District students placed and won at the SISD High School Science and Engineering Fair and the Sun Country Regional Science and Engineering Fair, both conducted at Pebble Hills High School.

More than 200 students competed at the SISD high school fair. The top winners advanced to the Sun Country regional competition, where they vied for spots to continue to the next level of competition.

Over 70 projects by SISD students also placed at Sun Country, qualifying them to compete in the Texas Science and Engineering Fair.

SISD took home sweepstakes awards in three categories — El Dorado High School won in physical science, Montwood High School for engineering science and Eastlake High School for life science. These awards automatically qualify those students for the International Science and Engineering Fair.

At SISD’s high school science fair, students competed in 21 categories overall, including physical science, life science, environmental science, engineering, and math.

“Projects at the high school level are a little more complicated and a little more in depth because they have more content,” said Frank McDonald, SISD instructional officer for secondary science. “So potentially these projects can lead to scholarships and lead to recognition at the university level.”

Montwood High School senior Wendy Sandoval has been setting her sights on the next level of study with her science fair project. She was inspired by a friend to make a new form of prosthetic arm to turn the wheel of a wheelchair.

Since starting the project three years ago, she has been able to procure a mentor, funding and access to a 3D printer, CNC machine and laser engravers by presenting her project to help her further her research.

“STEM is really what brings us together and, in the scientific community, everybody shares their knowledge because as scientists it’s our job to help humanity evolve and progress,” Sandoval said.

SISD high school projects were judged by University of Texas at El Paso students, EPCC professors and students, and DSC staff.

“I applaud the district for allowing individuals like myself to collect their big ideas to display them, to go to these great competitions to get critical feedback and to have the opportunity to advance to the state level so that what we are trying to showcase will be heard by more people,” said Jeremy Guerra, a junior at Eastlake High School. “You never know what will come of it.”

High school science fair event photos  |  Winners for the SISD High School Science and Engineering Fair

Photo courtesy SISD

SISD middle school science, engineering fair inspires opportunities for future

More than 630 sixth- through eighth-grade students in the Socorro Independent School District participated in the 2019 Middle School Science and Engineering Fair at Pebble Hills High School, held last month.

This year’s theme was Apollo 11, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon mission.

“The moon launch theme was our motivation to get the kids thinking about accomplishments they can achieve in a few years,” said Frank McDonald, SISD instructional officer for secondary science and one of the science fair coordinators.

With more than 21 overall categories including, physical science, life science, environmental science, engineering, and math, the science fair is preparing the students for education and career pathways in various scientific fields.

“With the different events, like the science fair, and activities provided by the district, they are getting me ready for college, which is my next big step in life,” said Diego Maldonado, a seventh grader from William D. Slider Middle School.

The middle school science fair drew 160 more entries this year over the previous year, inspiring young scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and technologists to participate in the research and experiments.

“Science is important because it helps you to know more about your environment and how to help take care of the planet,” said seventh-grade student Isabella Hebler from John O. Ensor Middle School. “There is so much I want to learn.”

To qualify for the district event, students were required to present their projects in class and at their campus fairs. First-place winners in each category at the campus level then advanced to the district science fair.

Science fair judges were SISD high school students, University of Texas at El Paso students, EPCC professors and students, and DSC staff.

First, second and third place winners were awarded in each category and grade level, with first-place winners moving on to the Sun Country Regional Science and Engineering Fair in March, which will be hosted again at Pebble Hills High School. In addition, nine sweepstakes winners were named for three categories in each grade level.

Last year, 75 SISD students advanced from the regional fair to state, McDonald said. This year’s goal is to take more students to the state competition at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

“These kids have put in a lot of time and effort into this,” McDonald said. “They are leading with their best foot forward.”

Award winners list   |   Middle school science, engineering event photos

Socorro ISD District Science Fair set for Saturday

More than 300 students from grades ninth to 12th and 35 plus judges will participate in the district’s annual High School Science and Engineering Fair. Parents, teachers, principals and fair administrators also will be at the event.

“Students are challenged with interpreting data, inferencing, and drawing conclusions from information. The projects allow students to develop these skills through genuine, independent research,” said Stephanie Carrasco, Instructional Officer – Secondary Science for Academic Services.

Students will present the projects they’ve spent weeks working on to district judges, giving formal explanations and answering questions on their work.

The projects will represent more than 22 different categories, including Plant Sciences, Microbiology, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics, Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Engineering Mechanics and Biomedical.

First and second place winners will advance to the Sun Country Regional Science & Engineering Fair. This year, the regional fair will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 at Pebble Hills High School.

What:              2017 SISD High School Science and Engineering Fair

Who:               Students, judges, parents and administrators

Where:            Pebble Hills High School in Grand Hallway, Rotunda | 14400 Pebble Hills Blvd.

When:             Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 | 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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