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Angelina Co. students show off inventions in annual science fair

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Over a thousand students from across Angelina County filled the expo center armed with their very own scientific creations to compete in the 16th Annual Science and Technology Fair.

"These students have worked really hard all year," said Karen Kiefer, Assistant Chair.

 Officials say the annual competition is about more than winning a prize but sparking student interest in science.

Lufkin Senior Chance Cross says he has being working with robotics since middle school and the hobby has given him a jumpstart to a potential career in computer engineering.

 "I actually work for Lufkin ISD as a tech so it enables me to learn some cool stuff," said Cross.

The event included six areas of competition including the new robotics challenge, eggonaut rocket and the magic marble machine.

 "We have to design the robot we have certain height limits stuff like that and we can only use certain parts and so many motors," said Colton Strickland, Huntington H.S.

Cross says he and his team worked about 40 hours a week to build a robot that could climb an eight foot tower in two minutes.  Cross says after a few drafts of their design their robot was ready to compete.

 "We actually decided to climb on the inside towards the middle, other than that the design process way pretty easy," said Cross.

Students also had the opportunity to develop ideas for inventions and show off life science projects.

Although the science and technology fair is a competition, officials say the lessons students learn here will benefit them for a lifetime.

 "It's great to see the kids get excited about science and technology because really they're our future," said Kiefer."

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