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South Carolina Science & Engineering Fairs 2002-2003 Annual Reports.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA REGION II SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR for Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, and Sumter counties.

2003 SUMMARY OF WINNERS By Dr. Don M. Jordan, Director

The University of South Carolina hosted the Central South Carolina Region II Science & Engineering Fair on March 28, 2003. Students from nine counties (listed above) competed for over $30,000.00 in scholarships, savings bonds, and trip awards.

Five hundred and eighty five (532) students and one hundred and forty (145) teachers participated in the fair. The students were selected by over one hundred eighty (180) judges comprised of college professors, medical scientists, U.S. Army, Marine, and Air Force officers, as well as business leaders from the Midlands Community. Awards were available in 52 major categories, such as Engineering, Women in Science, Vision Science, Chemistry, etc. Most awards had Junior, Senior, and Team subcategories, often with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorary Mention standings awarded. There were a total of 195 awards given among those varied categories and standings. It was possible for students with very good projects to win awards in one or more categories. There were best overall standings for grades 5-12, as well as for best individual junior, senior and team projects.

Participation in science fairs on the local, regional, and national/international levels presents opportunities to students for travel and interaction with scientists from both academic and industrial backgrounds. The next level of competition is at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which is held annually and features the best regional/national student projects from around the world. Our regional judges selected six students and two teachers to be in the Official Party to represent South Carolina at ISEF in Cleveland Ohio, May 11-17, 2003. The University of South Carolina, with support from the South Carolina Academy of Science, sent the following students to ISEF:

Grand Prize Team Division winners, Tiffany Barrett and Brandon Keefer of Lakewood High School in Sumter SC. (Sponsor Walter Lide / Retha Cooper); Grand Prize Female Senior Division winner, Katherine D. Van Schaik of Spring Valley High School; and Grand Prize Male Senior Division winner Hampton Freeman of Spring Valley High School. Students to be sent as official observers are Ioana Lupascu of Spring Valley High School, Hye-Rim Stuhr of Hillcrest Middle School in Sumter SC and Asif Khan of E. L. Wright Middle School in Columbia SC. USC will send Jennifer Richter, the head of the Spring Valley Magnet Program, to lead the official ISEF party for the State of South Carolina. In addition, Monica Smoak of Spring Valley High School and Retha Cooper of Lakewood High School will be teacher leaders and mentors for the USC Region II Official delegation. Not Traveling, but playing a vital role as sponsor, is Marilyn Senneway, of Spring Valley High School, Joseph C. Albright of Hill Crest Middle School, and Betty Smith of E. L. Wright Middle School. The above seven students will represent South Carolina at the International Science and Engineering Fair May 11-17, 2003. A report on their success will be added to this summary. In addition Students Gabriel Warshauer-Baker, Spring Valley High School, James Long of Dreher High School, Molly Gayden and Sara Sheehan of Spring Valley High School were Male and Female 2nd & 3rd place winners.

Discovery Channel Young Science Challenge / Historical Changes/

We have worked hard in the past six years to strengthen the USC Central South Carolina Science & Engineering Fair. We made it possible for sixth graders to become eligible for the Region II Science & Engineering Fair in 1996. We reintroduced Team Projects in 1997--the first time in four decades for Region II. In 1999, we lowered the grade limit to enable fifth-grade students in the nine-county region to become eligible. We did that because Science Service, of Washington, D.C. had contracted with Discovery Channel, Incorporated to create what has become essentially the ISEF for students in grades 5-8 (ISEF is restricted to grades 9-12). We nominated 45 middle school students to compete in DYSC in 2003. DYSC nominees receive national recognition from Science Service that includes an honor certificate, a DYSC T-shirt, a lapel pin recognizing their achievement, and an entry form to complete with 6,000 other students at the international level.


USC Region II Grand Awards Winners Junior Division

Jared C. Williams, (Felton Laboratory School at SC State University, Sponsor Mrs. Barbara C. Glover) research project entitled Keeping Warm--What Fabric Insulates you the Best won first place at the USC Region II Science & Engineering Fair. Casey Douglas (Hunter Kinard Tyler School, Sponsor Mrs. Katina Montgomery) research project entitled Dem Bones ... Dem Bones ... Dem Dry Bones won second place in the Junior Division, Hye--Rim Stuhr (Hillcrest Middle School, Sponsor Joseph C. Albright) research project entitled Worst Car Scenario won third place and Asif Khan (E. L. Wright Middle School, Sponsor Betty Smith) research project entitled An Algorithm for Rendering 3D Particle Effects won Honorable Mention--out of over 400 junior division participants in nine counties. The above four grand awards winners join forty-six (46) additional students that will represent South Carolina in the Discovery Channel Young Science Challenge (DCYSC) this summer. Chris & Travis Muthig, (Crayton Middle School, Sponsor Ms. Selina Latimore) research project entitled Do Strings Effect Your Tennis Game?, won first place Junior Team Division. Travis Styron, Trevor Auman & Julie Jacobs, (Dent Middle School, Sponsor Dr. Mike Garris) research project entitled Does The Bridge Height Affect the Bridge Strength As Measured by Weight Required to Generate Tension and Compression Forces Sufficient to Collapse The Bridge, won Second Place Junior Division Team. Rachel Hartman & Kathryn Summerlin, (Harbinson West Elementary, Sponsor Mrs. Angel Norris) research project entitled An Amazing Mouse won Third Place in the Team Division. Also Jerome Palmer & Chad Cumbee & Reginald Gaymon of Weber Elementary Sponsor Amy Styron and Brianna Barth & Melina Goldstein of Hillcrest Middle School Sponsor Heather Gore were listed as Honorable Mention Junior Team Division. Chad Allen Kron (Grade 5) of Manchester Elementary School in Pinewood SC, Sponsor Ms Patricia B Brown, Sumter School Dist # 2 was named Semifinalist in the 5th Annual Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge (Top 200 in the Nation) for his project "Can We Cook With Solar Power".

USC Science & Engineering Fair tours for Science Fair Students

The University of South Carolina sponsored six active and hands-on tours on March 28, 2003 for High School Students and Middle School Students who advanced to the USC Region II Science & Engineering Fair. The tours were scheduled between 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM on the afternoon of March 28, 2003.

Tour # 1: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Tour Hosted by the U.S.C. College of Liberal Arts / Dept of Geography presented by Lynn Shirley, GIS Manager

Tour # 2: USC School of Medicine , Restricted Sections of the Medical University. 3:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Careers in the Health Professions, Richard A. Hoppmann, M. D. Associate Dean for Medical Education and Academic Affairs 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Gross Anatomy Museum/Lab Lance E. Paulman, Ph.D. Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and Anatomy

Tour # 3: Electron Microscopy Center: with host Dana G. Dunkelberger Junior Division Tour 12:30--1:30 PM & Senior Division Tour: 3:00--4:00 PM

Tour # 4: Digital Scholarship Online Research and Instruction at USC. Come find out how USC's cutting-edge faculty are using the sights and sounds of the Internet to enhance instruction and prepare their students for the future with host Greg Wilsbacher.

Multimedia Lab Tour A: 1:30--2:30 / Multimedia Lab Tour B: 2:30--3:30

Tour # 5: College of Engineering Tour Hands-on LabGraphics and Civil Engineering Description of Graphics Presentation/Tour: Presenter:. Dmitry Pakhomkin & Description of the Structures & Hydraulics Demonstration: Presenter: Dr. Sarah Gassman

Tour # 6: Physics Lab Tour, Sponsored by the College of Science & Mathematics with Dr. David Tedeschi of the Physics Department as Host.

Junior Division Tour: 1:00--2:00 PM & Senior Division Tour: 2:30 _ 3:30 PM / Physical Science Center


Many dedicated people provide much-needed support for the USC Region II Science & Engineering Fair.

These people make it possible! Special thanks go to:

President Dr. Andrew Sorensen

Office of the President

Dean Gerard Crawley

College of Science & Mathematics

Dean Patricia Moody

College of Hospitality, Retail & Sport Management

Dr. Larry R. Faulkner

VP Med Affairs & Dean

USC School of Medicine

Provost Jerome D. Odom

Office of the Provost

Dean Joan H. Stewart

College of Liberal Arts

Dean Chris Plyler

Regional Campuses & Cont. Ed

Carolina Plaza

Dean Mary Ann Parsons

College of Nursing

Dean Ralph White

College of Engineering

Dr. Scott Little


Dr. Harris Pastides

VP for Research



Don M. Jordan, Ph.D.

Director, USC Region II Science & Engineering Fair.


The Piedmont Region III, Regional Science Fair is a grade 1-12 fair divided into three divisions: elementary, middle school and high school. The Region III Science Fair was held at the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, in Spartanburg, South Carolina on April 1--5, 2003. There were approximately 600 projects entered in the fair in 2003 with about 35 High School divisions. The 2003 overall winner in the High School Division was Gardner Clary of Gaffney High School. The 2003 High School Division First Runner-up was Kelsee Stephens also from Gaffney High School. The Middle School overall winner was a team project Presented by Wells McIntosh, Chad Bonner, and Koster Garrett from Gold Hill Middle School. We traditionally send two projects to the ISEF. Our sponsors include the University of South Carolina, Spartanburg and the Spartanburg Rotary International Club, which provides the funding to sustain our Fair.
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