East Texas students showcase their inner scientist despite H1N1

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - "I got more than most people weigh in here,"  said Hudson 8th-grader Mark Allen, as his "Tower of Terror" held 110 pounds.

"I started with flat toothpicks on the base and then I went up, and then I put some cross-braces here," Allen explained.

Constructed carefully from the ground up with Elmer's Wood Glue and thread for the Angelina County Science and Tech Fair that never happened.

Allen said he was, "...really disappointed because I knew I would've won."

His science teacher Debbie Miller said, "They have worked so hard, we had to do something for them," otherwise, 6th grade partners Bryli Lee and Adriana Mosley wouldn't have been able to shoot their rocket.

"It was the highest that we've ever seen it go out of this whole entire time that we got to test it and everything.  So it was pretty cool to us," said Mosley.

Lee said, "It was like our second time to ever shoot it, so it was pretty awesome.  We didn't think it was going to go that high."

Some even put simple machines together to crush a can.   The students were able to show off their creations to their classmates and teachers.

"Any time that you can get your students to go beyond what they think they can do, that's what teaching's all about.  That's why we do this," Miller said.

Regardless of H1N1 these are the moments teachers live for.

Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade participated in the event.   First and second place winners were given mall gift certificates.