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2013 State Science Fair Winners (District 1)

Raleigh, N.C. – March 18, 2013 – Every basketball player competing in the ACC tournament this weekend knew how to put a backspin on a shot. Similarly, many of the young engineers and scientists (grades 3-12) at the 26th NC Science and Engineering Fair (NCSEF) understand how that backspin removes energy as the ball meets the backboard, thereby increasing the chances of scoring. Both the players and the students are using science to excel.

More than 300 students from throughout the state presented their original research projects in science and engineering at the NCSEF on Saturday at Meredith College in Raleigh.

“In an increasingly competitive global job market, hands-on experience and critical thinking in the areas of science and engineering are sought-after skills. We commend these students and their teachers for their commitment and the innovation their research projects demonstrate, and look forward to seeing the long-term educational dividends they will reap as a result,” says Sam Houston, CEO and president of the NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (NC SMT).

More than 70 awards from education, government and business partners were presented to students. “Our local and regional teachers and fair directors throughout the state continue to raise the standards for these student research projects across all STEM areas,” says NCSEF Director Judy Day. “Our 130-plus judges continue to share their pride in the quality of our student research across all events in grades 3-12.”

Award Title Name(s) Project Title School Name School City
Elementary Honorable Mention Allie Coker You Light Up My World Camden Intermediate Camden
Elementary Exemplary Project Blair V. Bice Could Bice-O-Late be your Next Insulation? Christ Covenant School Winterville
Junior Chemistry 3rd Place Jennifer Williams Transforming Temperatures J. L. Chamberlain Academy Winterville
Junior Technology/Engineering 1st Prize Emma Christensen Saved By The Bug: Engineering a Multi-Purpose Insect Trap Stone Circle Academy Greenville
Senior Biological Science B 1st Place Alina Suedbeck Lepidopteran Spiracle Variation Green Acres Academy Greenville
Senior Earth/Environmental Science 2nd Place Anne Davis Determining the Effects of Phosphorus Interception by Aluminum Potassium Sulfate on Cyanobacteria Concentrations in Lake Mattamuskeet Lake Comfort Scool Swan Quarter
1st Place NC American Water Works Association Award Senior Anne Davis Determining the Effects of Phosphorus Interception by Aluminum Potassium Sulfate on Cyanobacteria Concentrations in Lake Mattamuskeet Lake Comfort Scool Swan Quarter
Broadcom Masters Emma Christensen Saved By The Bug: Engineering a Multi-Purpose Insect Trap Stone Circle Academy Greenville
EPA Award Junior Joshua Harris Gray is the Way to Recycle and Water Plants Each Day Ayden Middle Ayden
Grand INTEL ISEF Senior Grand Award Alina Suedbeck Lepidopteran Spiracle Variation Green Acres Academy Greenville
Special Meredith Award $10,000 scholarship over four year Alina Suedbeck Lepidopteran Spiracle Variation Green Acres Academy Greenville
Special National Society of Professional Engineers Innovative Engineering Award Emma Christensen Saved By The Bug: Engineering a Multi-Purpose Insect Trap Stone Circle Academy Greenville
US Army Award Anne Davis Determining the Effects of Phosphorus Interception by Aluminum Potassium Sulfate on Cyanobacteria Concentrations in Lake Mattamuskeet Lake Comfort Scool Swan Quarter
US Army Award Jetsun Peang-Meth Electric Motorcycle Conversion Kit for Developing Nations Studio for the Curious Mind Washington

Tom Williams, NC Science Fair Foundation
tjwilliams53@gmail.com
(919) 815-6658

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Counselors connect with ECU College of Education

Forty-Four high school guidance counselors from Eastern North Carolina gained up-to-date information about East Carolina University and its teacher programs during “Each One-Reach One,” held on campus Feb. 12.

ECU hosted school counselors from across eastern North Carolina this month.

Sponsored by the ECU College of Education, event drew educators from the following school districts: Beaufort, Bertie, Clinton City Schools, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Johnston, Martin, Nash-Rocky Mount, Pitt, Roanoke Rapids, Sampson, Vance, Wayne, and Wilson. Invitations were issued to each high school within the Latham Clinical Schools Network which comprises 37 counties within eastern North Carolina.

The counselors learned about the processes involved for applying to ECU. The Honors College provided details about its unique opportunity for academically talented students. Attendees also participated in a crash course by the ECU Financial Aid office about changes to application processes at the federal level.

The College of Education shared detailed information about the college’s scholarship opportunities. Teaching faculty from mathematics, science and instructional technology education, as well as special education and middle grades education, spoke about their high-need programs.

Counselors attending the outreach event at ECU learned about the college application process.

The event aimed to assist counselors with information about the college application process, while encouraging them to prompt students to consider education as a career choice. Recruitment packets, along with College of Education scholarship information, were given to each attendee for use back at their high schools.

For more information about recruitment efforts for the College of Education at East Carolina University, contact Laura Bilbro-Berry, assistant director of teacher education, at bilbroberryl@ecu.edu or via phone at 252-328-1123.

Counselors connect with ECU College of Education