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Science/engineering peer choice awards


January 25, 2018

--Photo courtesy of Jeff Wehr.

Pilot Weishaar, Ireland Luiten, Colton Hunt and Tori Weishaar were each selected by their peers as having the best science project presentation in four different categories.

Over the past few weeks before winter break, Odessa High School and Junior High School students have been busy conducting independent science research entitled the Second Quarter Research Project. This project is designed to encapsulate the knowledge and the ability to formulate a testable research question, design and execute an experiment with quantifiable results, scientifically compare the experimental results with a control method and discuss their findings with the rest of the class via a formal presentation. Although this project divulges each student's knowledge regarding science, it also teaches them other skills such as manipulating technological probe ware, writing scientifically, creating complex presentations and time management.

As each student presented his or her findings to the rest of their peers, they all scored one another based on scientific thought and presentational skill; the peer scores, the research paper scores and the presentation scores are collectively averaged and the top four projects are selected. Just as scientists peer-review one another's research, our students do the same. This has come to be known as the 2Q OHS Peer Choice Awards in Science and Engineering. The first-place award winners were invited to present their research during a 6-12 school assembly Thursday, January 11, from 10:55-11:45 a.m. and did an excellent job presenting! All students passing the 2Q Research Project are welcome to present their research at a public or community event to earn Honors Credit in any of the high school sciences.

Division of

Integrated Sciences

1st: Pilot Weishaar, The Correlation between Grains of Gunpowder in a Bullet and the Velocity of the Bullet.

2nd: Maddie Scrupps, Measuring the Amount of Conductivity in Drinking Water.

3rd: Tim DeWulf, The Effect of Acceleration of a Small Cylinder than a Large Cylinder.

4th: Nicholas Larson, Comparing the Speed of a YouTube Video on a Wired and a Wireless Connection at Gonzaga University.

Division of

Biological Sciences

1st: Ireland Luiten, The Correlation of Bacteria from Nordstrom Bathroom Stalls' Handles to Walmart Bathroom Stalls' Handles.

2nd: Eric Johnston, The Effect of Certain Drinks on the Decomposition of Tooth Enamel.

3rd: Maddy Wagner, The Effect of Oil of Oregano and Amoxicillin on Pathogens.

4th: Ryan Moffet, The Correlation between Different Fertilizers and Plant Growth.

Division of Chemistry

1st: Tori Weishaar, The Alteration of the Ratio of Ammonium Nitrate to Aluminum and its Effect on the Volume of the Combustion.

2nd: Megan Shafer, The Correlation between Iron and Copper in Luminol Solutions and Value.

3rd: Brenna Carstensen, The Comparison between Baking Soda and Toothpaste in the Process of Tooth Decay.

4th: Arianna German: The Comparison Between the pH of Calcium Carbonate Antacids and Natural Antacids When Added to HCl.

Division of Physics

and Engineering

1st: Colton Hunt, The Effect of Weight on the Force Output of a Bullet

2nd: Kiegan Wehr, The Comparison of Balanced Throwing Knife and Blade Heavy Throwing Knife on Angular Velocity.

3rd: Noah Anderson, The Manipulation of Voltage Imposing the Effect Known as Joule Heating and the Responding Temperature of Nichrome Wire.

4th: Gaven Elder, The Correlation between Bigger Laser Beams and Smaller Laser Beams in Michelson Styled Interferometer Accuracy.


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