Local students bring home College of Charleston science awards

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Students from The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences took home several awards on April 1 at the College of Charleston’s thirty-fourth annual Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

The event, held the College of Charleston’s TD Arena, was open to all public, private, charter, and homeschooled students in fifth through twelve grade in Georgetown, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, and Dorchester counties.

The five-county science fair is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the premier science competition in the world exclusively for students in grades nine through twelve, and with the Broadcom MASTERS, a national science fair for middle school students.

Sixth grader Ryleigh Neubauer from Pawleys Island took home a first place prize in the Mathematics and Computer Science Junior 1 Division.

Ryleigh’s sister, Isabella, an eighth grader, earned a second place for her project in the Earth and Environmental Science Junior 2 Division. She also won a second place and a monetary prize from Charleston Soil & Water Conservation District for “best conservation environmental award.” Isabella recently won the state spelling bee and will represent the Grand Strand in the Scripps National Bee in May.

Grayson Sossamon, a seventh grader, won first place in the Mathematics and Computer Science Junior 2 Division, and sixth grader Adara Grant earned an Honorable Mention for her project in the Physics & Astronomy Junior 1 Division.

The program’s director, Cynthia Hall, congratulated all of the participants, citing that science fairs such as this are “critical to improving students’ investigative and critical skills,” and “vital” she said, “to encouraging students’ interest in math and science.”

The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering Rising Stars) a national science competition sponsored by the Society for Science and the Public, promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills in middle school grades. The Broadcom MASTERS awards a top prize of $25,000 at their finals in Washington DC.

The College of Charleston’s Lowcountry Regional Science and Engineering Fair seeks to promote student application of science and mathematics process skills, technology skills, and oral and written communication skills through the development of science and engineering projects. The fair is underwritten and supported by numerous businesses including The College of Charleston School of Science and Mathematics, Patriots Point Cold War Submarine Memorial Fund, and Charleston Defense Contractors Association. Judges are leaders in local academia, businesses, and industry such as Boeing, NOAA, The Citadel, and the United States Navy Nuclear Power Training Command.

The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to fostering academic, athletic and artistic excellence in students from grades 6 through 12. Located in downtown Georgetown in the historic Winyah Auditorium building, the school is rooted in the community and open to all students who wish to purse a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Students of The Georgetown School have the unique opportunity to develop their full potential as scholars and citizens in an individualized and caring environment, while enriching and being enriched by their community. For more information, visit www.thegeorgetownschool.org.

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