A student from Frisco ISD’s Maus Middle School took third place in the Texas State Science and Engineering Fair last weekend in San Antonio.
Eighth grader Sasha Luich was recognized in the Environmental Science category for her project, which explored various designs to get the most electricity from a windmill. She varied fan blade shape and the angle of the blades to see which would produce the most energy with the same amount of wind.
Frisco ISD advanced a total of 17 student projects to the state competition, after a fantastic showing at the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair in February. They included:
Junior Division – Life Sciences
Sabrina Wood, Vandeventer Middle School
Behavioral & Social Sciences
Reese Bologna & Sydney Fern, Scoggins Middle School
Gurnoor Narula, Fowler Middle School
Ariana Harpavat, Fowler Middle School
Biomedical and Health Sciences & Translational Medical Science
Hannah Le, Fowler Middle School
Cellular Molecular & Microbiology
Neil Gupta, Maus Middle School
3rd Place: Sasha Luich, Maus Middle School
Carter Smith, Pearson Middle School
Reese Kirkham, Cobb Middle School
Junior Division – Physical Sciences
Sriya Chebrolu, Hunt Middle School
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ishan Gupta & Ranit Gupta, Pioneer Heritage Middle School
Anika Patel, Fowler Middle School
Shruti Siva, Fowler Middle School
Robbie Violante, Fowler Middle School
Tushar Bansal, Wester Middle School
Manisha Woodruff, Fowler Middle School
Physics and Astronomy
Julian Beaumont, Vandeventer Middle School
Projects had to place in the top four at the regional contest to advance to state.
Carter Smith, a seventh grade student from Pearson Middle School, earned a Grand Prize in the Junior Division for Life Sciences at the regional competition. The distinction – earned by only four middle school students at the entire fair – designated his project as one of the best out of all the first place winners in all science categories.
In addition, FISD students earned 40 honorable mentions and 14 special awards at the regional fair. See the full results.
Four teachers, including Holly Franks of Vandeventer Middle School, Ciara Kaiser and Jason Pearson of Fowler Middle School, and Heather Wattier of Wester Middle School, were honored by Southern Methodist University for their students’ success at the regional fair. They were recognized at a reception in March for their efforts to guide, encourage and motivate students, as well as their ability to spark student curiosity, which enables growth and learning. Learn more here.