Sierra Mann explains her science fair project to younger students at Faith Christian Academy. The science fair was a first for FCA with students in grades 7–11 participating. | Alison James
Sierra Mann explains her science fair project to younger students at Faith Christian Academy. The science fair was a first for FCA with students in grades 7–11 participating. | Alison James

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Blinding me with science

Published 11:46am Friday, March 22, 2013

Faith Christian Academy students hold first ever 7th-11th grade science fair

Faith Christian Academy is getting education down to a science – a science fair, to be precise.

FCA, a part of Faith Temple, hosted its first ever science fair with seventh through 11th graders participating.

“We wanted to learn how to properly do a science fair project,” said Denise Shivers, who led the project.

Shivers said the idea grew out of FCA’s attendance at an Alabama Christian Education Association competition, leading to a 30-unit on developing science projects.

“They learned a wide gamut of things that will be useful for them when they go off to college,” Shivers said.

The projects incorporated learning techniques like research, presentations and essay writing. In addition, Shivers said each student found a Biblical tie-in with their chosen project.

About 13 students participated.

“I liked it because it gave me something to do each night,” said Carli Price, who tracked the impact of higher and lower protein diets on the ketone levels in horse urine. “I thought it was really fun.”

FCA brought in two Central Alabama Community College professors and a retired military forensic scientist to judge the projects.

Price won first place for her project. Second place was a tie between Jon Price, who hypothesized about the amount of tooth decay that would be caused by different acids, and Paul Brock, whose project dealt with wind turbines.

Third place went to Megan Wyrick for her project on household plants.

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