Lake Campus Held Third Annual Mercer-Auglaize Science Day

CELINA, OH – On Thursday, February 22, 2018 the Third Annual Mercer-Auglaize Science Day was held at Wright State University – Lake Campus.

Forty-eight middle school students from Marion Local and New Bremen Schools participated in the event. Teachers from these school districts helped mentor their students. These teachers include Amy Poeppelman, New Bremen; Laura Post, Marion Local; Jeff Kaup, Marion Local and Margaret Kuck, Marion Local.

Projects which earn a superior rating earn the right to move on to the district competition being held on March 17th, 2018 at Ohio Northern University. This year five individual projects and three group projects earned a superior rating.

The Mercer-Auglaize County Science Day is part of the Ohio State Science Day which is the largest project-based STEM education program since the late 1940s. The program is designed to help foster curiosity, discovery, innovation and problem-solving skills.

For a complete list of participants and their project abstracts, click here.

For more information about the Science Day Competition held at the Lake Campus please contact Dr. Courtney Simons at 419-586-0300 or courntey.simons@wright.edu.

Awards

Superior Rating – Individual Projects
Projects earning a superior rating qualify for the district competition being held on March 17, 2018 at Ohio Northern University.

  • Parker Hess, Marion Local, Plants Growing with Liquid
  • Audrey Winner, Marion Local, Preferences of Browning Prevention Fruit Treatments
  • Jayme Buening, Marion Local, Electrical Motors
  • Ian Rindler, Marion Local, Net or No Net
  • Jacob Smith, Marion Local, Distances with Gauss Rifles

Superior Rating – Group Projects
Projects earning a superior rating qualify for the district competition being held on March 17, 2018 at Ohio Northern University.

  • Riley Bruns and Dean Smith, Marion Local, The PSI Effect
  • Daniel Everman and Ryan Homan, Marion Local, Reacting Rockets
  • Ethan Heitkamp and Luke Kunkler, Marion Local, Lemon vs Potato vs Cerely

Special Awards

Most Innovative Research
Lauren Kuck, Marion Local, Oil Spills- Cleaning Up Wildlife
Awarded to the student or team with the most interesting and creative research project.

Best Research Design
Ian Rindler, Marion Local, Net or No Net
Awarded to the student or team demonstrating the best scientific approach in addressing the research question.

Best Community Connection
Carter Unrast, Marion Local, The Effect of the Blades on a Wind Turbine
Awarded to the student or team whose research demonstrates the greatest relevance and application to the needs of Mercer and Auglaize Counties.

Mercer County and Auglaize School District STEM Trophy
Marion Local Schools
Awarded to the school district demonstrating the most outstanding participation in the Mercer and Auglaize County Science Day Competition.