The 2020 District 12 Science Day was a virtual fair, with all participants submitting a video presentation of their experimental results. Athens Middle School, with ten entries, earned six superior ratings and four excellent ratings. Athens Middle School was then awarded the Middle School Award for the highest percentage of superior ratings of all of the middle schools entered. Experiments included using corn and soybeans to treat winter roads, using food waste to promote algae as a biofuel, effects of acid mine drainage on plants, animals eating puffballs to fight off disease, biodegradation, active noise cancellation, popcorn, saxophones, Stirling engines, and testing dryer balls to see if drying time is significantly decreased. Quite a variety of topics!
AMS students won individual awards. Joonwoo Park, eighth grade, was awarded the Naval Science Junior Award, United States Air Force International Science and Engineering Fair Regional Award, and the Biological Science Award. Xinrui Han, eighth grade, won the U.S. Agency for International Development Science Champion Award. Emerson Crowl, seventh grade, won the George V. Voinovich School Watershed Science Award and Earth and Environmental Sciences Award. Miles Makosky, seventh grade, also won the George V. Voinovich School Watershed Science Award and the Ohio Soybean Council award. Helen Liu, seventh grade, won the Physics and Astronomy award, as well as being an alternate for the Ohio Tuition Trust Scholarship. Eli McCarthy, seventh grade, won the Ohio Soybean Council award, the Civil Engineering award, and the American Meteorological Society Certificate of Outstanding Science Achievement. All of the above-mentioned students also qualified for the State Science Day, which will also be held virtually. Congratulations, and best wishes for the next level of science judging!