Tech students impress at science fair
CRPUSD’s only participating school claims 20 awards at event at SSU
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By Natalie Gray  March 1, 2013 12:00 am


Rohnert Park’s Technology High represented itself quite well at the Sonoma County Science Fair on Feb. 23 at Sonoma State University.
Technology was the only school from the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District in the competition, where there were 19 junior high schools and high schools invited to participate. Technology had 15 students in the competition and earned 20 prizes.

The experiments of 119 students between sixth and 11th grades were on display. Projects varied widely among the sciences, from categories such as earth science and chemistry to health and environmental.

Each project was reviewed and each student interviewed by a panel of volunteer judges and judged not by grade or school, but rather by category. Awards included rankings of first through third place as well as cash prizes of $25-$250, chosen and given by local donors.

 “Tech high has taught me a lot,” said Technology student Christian Mata. “They make us do a lot of presentations, so I wasn’t nervous.”
This was Mata’s second year at the fair. He left with one first-place award and two cash prizes. For those students who won first-place prizes, they were encouraged to keep their projects safe and enter them in the San Francisco Bay Area Science Fair.

“It is very exciting,” Technology student Anna Baney said. “You have a lot of fun.”

It was Baney’s second year at the fair. Because of her chemistry project,

she left with a first-place prize and cash prize of $25. Her younger sister, Katherine Baney, also participated in the fair for the first time and left with a first-place prize and cash prize.

In addition to hosting the fair and the award show, SSU also held a variety of science-related activities for the students to participate in between the judging and the awards ceremony. The activities were arranged and presented by SSU teachers and students and included such actives as DNA extractions, ‘Fun with Physics’ and ‘Fun with Chemistry.’ SSU representatives also took part in judging of the fair’s projects.

“I had a good time hearing from the young people and was impressed with the quality work they have done,” said SSU’s Dr. Lynne Stauffer, Dean of Science and Technology.

The award show and the fair ended with clusters of balloons being given to randomly selected students and a group picture of all first-place winners. Students were invited to enter the Science Olympiad that is to take place on April 27 at Lawrence Jones Middle School. Fourth- and fifth-grave students are allowed to participate in the fair.

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