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Find out about the hink in your sink at Akron science fair

By admin Published: January 27, 2012

Give this to the young scientists of Akron Public Schools they know how to promote their science fair projects with catchy titles.

Here are some of the projects from middle school and high school students that will be on display Saturday at the districtwide Science, Math and Technology Expo at North High School: Better Cookies Through Science; Pampers vs. Pull-Ups; The Hink of Your Sink! and What Surface in My School Is the Most Contaminated With Bacteria?

Other projects have more conventionally scientific sounding titles, such as Climate's Effect on Deer Population in Four Ohio Select Counties and Effect of Temperature on Conductivity, Resistance, and Conductors.

The Expo shows off the work of 130 high school students and 260 middle school students.

The projects will be judged in the morning and available for public view from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at North High School, 985 Gorge Blvd.

But there's a lot to do from 9 a.m. until noon.

Visitors can observe high school physics students test their math and engineering skills in a bridge-building competition.

The Expo also has 21 interactive booths for the public showcasing the district's career education programs, area universities, scientific societies and other organizations, such as Mad Science of Northeast Ohio. Concessions and T-shirts also will be on sale.

And every 30 minutes, the Cleveland International Film Festival will screen the 2012 Oscar-nominated short film The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which uses a variety of animation styles to tell a story about the power of books and storytelling.

''There's a lot of stuff going on as well as having our science fair,'' said Katrina Halasa, the district's health and science learning specialist.

This year's award ceremony speaker is Cathy Horton, founder and creator of Nutek Green, a company specializing in mostly biodegradable, nontoxic cleaning supplies and lubricants based on soybeans.

John Higgins can be reached at 330-996-3792 or jhiggins@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the education blog at http://education.ohio.com/.

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