ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County's future scientists gathered at the Expo Center this morning for the 18th Annual Science Fair. From robotics to conversion contraption, the students did it all.
Seven hundred projects, 1,300 students, and five events filled the Expo Center.
"They love coming here, and they love seeing what all the other kids did," said Bobby Fenley, the Science Fair chair.
"We get to use technology, and we get to use computers. It helps a lot," said Alaina Willmon, a Hudson Middle School student.
Students from all over the county hoped aboard school buses and were excited to present, to observe, and to share.
"Oh yeah I love science. I'm hoping to go into a STEM major or definitely an engineering major," said Tori Tatum, a Lufkin High School sophomore.
"If you don't know what's going on around you or how things are happening, then you don't know anything," Willmon said.
From building robots with stack-able capabilities, to finding out if the five-second rule really holds true, each project had an eager scientist behind its findings.
"We build our curriculum in conjunction with the schools," Fenley said.
The students and organizers of the science fair agreed that there was more emphasis on STEM subjects in Angelina County schools.
"I've noticed that the high school made a big push. I'm really happy because STEM is a big part of my life," Tatum said.
"They're starting to put more into ask more questions as you get older," said Jeff Mason, a Lufkin Middle School student.
The organizer of the science fair said they've been planning this since last July, and the students have been waiting all year to show off their inventions, robots, and scientific findings.
"Science and Tech is the big thing, it's pushed, we love it, and it's great!," Fenley said.
Regardless of today's conclusions, Fenley's hypothesis is that, "They're happy to compete whether they win or lose!"
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