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WVSOM, Sigma Xi host middle school science fair

The Pocahontas Times of Marlinton, West Virginia

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The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) hosted the third annual Southern West Virginia Regional Middle School Science Fair May 4.

WVSOM's Affiliated and Sponsored Programs partnered with the Greenbrier Valley Chapter of Sigma Xi to offer the fair. More than 40 students from five schools in Greenbrier, Monroe and Pocahontas counties participated.

The science fair was open to entries in the experimental and non-experimental categories. Workshops were offered featuring brain puzzles and the effect of smoking on the heart. Students also gathered forensic evidence at a mock crime scene. Blood samples, fingerprints and tire patterns were collected for critical evaluation during the simulation exercise.

"Hosting this fair is important to foster a sense of curiosity and passion for science," said first-year student and event judge Alyssa Beda. "It is a great opportunity to encourage student growth."

A panel of first-and second-year WVSOM students judged the event based on scientific thought, creativity, understanding, clarity, dramatic value and technical skills.

The winners in the experimental category included first place winner "Split," by Mathias Solliday, an eighth grade student at Green Bank Elementary and Middle School; second place winner, "How could I make a homemade speaker," by Alex Casto, eighth grade, Greenbrier Episcopal School; and third place winner, "Which brand of soap expands the most," by Victoria Rose, eighth grade, Eastern Greenbrier Middle School, and Galadriel Donahue, eighth grade, EGMS.

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Original Publication Date: July 2, 2015

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