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More than 400 exhibits at science fair

ERICA RODRIGUEZ

By ERICA RODRIGUEZ
March 25, 2011 at 10:05 p.m.
Updated April 4, 2011 at 11:05 p.m.

Northside Baptist students, from left, James Adams, 11, Justin Hagan, 11, and Joseph Mudd, 11, look at one of the projects during the VISD Science and Engineering Fair on Friday at the old Memorial gymnasium. The fair had projects from students from about 15 schools, elementary through high school.

Northside Baptist students, from left, James Adams, 11, Justin Hagan, 11, and Joseph Mudd, 11, look at one of the projects during the VISD Science and Engineering Fair on Friday at the old Memorial gymnasium. The fair had projects from students from about 15 schools, elementary through high school.

In the corner of a gym full of doodads and experiments, Jennifer Short and her daughter Michela Short beamed over fungus.

"Science is a passion for me," Michela said, standing near an experiment. Her project, the Fungus Among Us, used petri dishes loaded with decomposing particles to grow fungus. It won a first place ribbon at DeLeon Elementary and brought her second in the district for fifth grade. Her's was one of 475 projects on display Friday.

The VISD Science and Engineering Fair projects came from every school in the district and included Northside Baptist School and Bloomington schools. The Victoria school district requires all pre-advanced placement and advanced placement students to do a piece.

"It gives them a chance to be creative and to do something that they might not otherwise think about or do," said Eveylyn Sheeran, an East High School science teacher who coordinated the fair. The projects ranged from hamster mazes to a trash compactor to a homemade telescope.

Megan Depine, a 12-year-old Bloomington Middle School student, used lemons to create energy in two days.

"It's more sour, so it has more power," she said. She and her partner, Shailyn Hugg, inserted a penny and a nail into a lemon and took a voltage reading.

Michela's project showed how air quality differs in different environments.

"I think it was kind of gross," she said. "There was a huge fungus colony growing in all three of them."

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