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New event introduced at the 17th Annual Science and Tech Fair

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Friday, plants, rockets, robots and one-of-a- kind contraptions took center stage on the arena floor at Angelina County expo center.

After months of hard works and creativity hundreds of students from schools throughout Angelina County brought their inventions to the 17th annual science and tech fair.

 "I do feel very accomplished," said Bailey Ortiz, 7th grade student.

At last year's science and tech fair robotics was introduced into the competition.

This year Conversion Contraption was introduced, it very similar to the Rube Goldberg machine.

 "It would not work until today and I'm so grateful that it worked," said Ashley Walker, 8th grade student.

Students were challenged to build a contraption that utilizes as many forms of energy and as many energy conversions as possible.

8th grade student Ashley walker starts her invention with a press of a button.

 "The water makes the ball drop which turns on the fan and turns this over, pops the balloon and makes the cleat kick the ball," said Walker.

Walker says soccer is her life so she spent a month creating a device that might help her out on the field.

 "Since my brother he doesn't necessarily want to play outside and he just sitting on his computer and I needed a buddy to pass the ball with," said Walker.

7th grade student Bailey Ortiz says her and her partner used a golf ball, baseball and a basketball for their project but it took some trial and error to create five different forms of energy.

 "The door hinge sometimes it would get stuck and the basketball wouldn't roll down," said Ortiz.

But organizers believe the time an effort spent on each project will help then not only in science but in life after high school.           

All of the first place winners took home ribbons $25 gift cards and will be put on display at the Texas Forestry Museum.

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