Champaign County students participate in district science day

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Champaign County Science Day was held Thursday at Urbana University.

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Nearly 25 middle and high school students took part in the Champaign County Science Day at Urbana University.

“This is the seventh year that we’ve offered this event in Champaign County,” said Martin English, organizer of the event. “The students that get superiors, they will qualify to go to the district science fair.”

Any student in grades 5th through 12th can participate in the science fair.

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“They have to start back in the fall developing the project, come up with an idea, they do some background research, kind of refine their idea, write a research plan that has to be approved, then they have to design and make their project poster,” he said.

Out of the 17 districts in Ohio, Champaign County is district one, which also includes Shelby, Miami and Darke counties, English said.

“Our local district organization, besides just putting on the district science day, we put on four county-wide science days so that any student has the opportunity to participate,” English said. “Many of the smaller schools just don’t have the staff or the resources to put on their own science fair, so we are doing it for them.”

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In order to qualify for the state-wide science day, students must get a superior rating from judges at a district science day, English said.

The students who got a superior rating at Champaign County’s science day on Thursday qualified to go to the overall district one science fair in March.

“Those who get superiors at the district then they’re eligible to go to state,” English said.

One student who participated said she thought it was fun to figure out her experiment.

“It was fun working on a project and figuring out what the answer was to my question,” Bryanna Burnside said. “Isopropyl alcohol, which is in rubbing alcohol, affects permanent markers and how long they last.”

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