Angelina Co. students show competitive spirit at science fair

Angelina Co. students show competitive spirit at science fair
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Some of East Texas youngest scientists got to show off their skills Friday at the 19th annual Angelina County Science Fair.

"The last part is our music box," Elizabeth Jones, a Lufkin High School student said. "As the cylinder turns each peg will hit a hammer, and each hammer will hit a chime producing a note."

Gidgets, Gadgets and even house hold appliances are what made up the perfect formula for these young scientist projects.

"Whenever the seesaw gets hit the Alka Seltzer is going to flip into water and make chemical reaction," Alexis Heaton, a Central student said. "The judges were kind of questioning, but whenever we did it they said, ok I didn't think that was going to work, but it did."

"We really love chocolate chip cookies, and we never really get them that much," Alaina Willmon, a Hudson 7th grader said. "We were really excited to bake chocolate chip cookies and actually eat them."

From Conversion contraptions, to Sugo Robotics, this science fair brought out the competitive spirt in a lot of east Texas students.

"The Sugo robot competition has been really competitive today," Sugo Robot Judge, Carey Johnson said.  "The challengers have had good programing, and they're very serious about their robots so it's been fun."

Although Firday was all about science, the best part for most students was working with friends.

"Alishbah and I are best friends and we have a lot of things in common," Jones said referring to her partner Alishbah Khan. "One of those things is we're nerds."

"I got to work with my best friend and we had fun doing the whole thing, it was a blast," Willmon said referring to her partner Sage Yancey.

"Lexie and I have been best friends forever, and it made this experience more fun doing it with her," Lindsey Oats, a Central student said about her partner Heaton.

This science fair isn't all about beating your competition, many view it as a learning process.

"It's really fun," Oats said.

"It's an amazing experience, you learn so much and gain friends doing it," Heaton said.

This year, about 1,500 students signed up to compete. That is about 500 more than last year.

Copyright 2016 KTRE. All rights reserved.