Draper represented well at regional science fair
American Preparatory sixth-grader Baylor Jeppsen wanted to find out more about the sweet spot in his baseball bat. His science project “Sting in the Swing” resulted in first place in the physics, astronomy and math category among the 300 projects at the Salt Lake Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair and was named one of the Broadcom Masters – given to the top 10 projects in the entire fair.
“I’m excited,” Baylor said. “It was a great opportunity to combine my interest of sports with science.”
Baylor was one of 16 students from Draper — four students from American Preparatory Academy, two from St. John the Baptist Elementary, and 10 from Oak Hollow Elementary — to represent the city at the regional fair March 20-22 at the University of Utah.
Jeppson’s classmate, Ricky Wooden, received an honorable mention in behavioral and social science with his experiment to see if air pressure affects the distance when a soccer ball is kicked.
“I learned that 2 psi (pounds per square inch) is more flexible when I tested it,” he said after comparing it against the ball being filled at 10 psi and 6 psi during the winter.
St. John the Baptist sixth-grader Hailey Anderson received second place at the regional fair in the medicine and health science category for her project, “Brush Trust.” She tested the efficacy of brushing stains from eggshells.
Schoolmate Yianni Ziouras received an honorable mention in physics, astronomy and math for “Measuring Sugar Content of a Liquid with a Laser Pointer.”
To qualify for the regional fair, students created science fair projects and generated binders of notes and journal entries as well as display boards for the projects. They had to be top finishers at school and district competitions.
Ten Oak Hollow students qualified to compete at the regional fair.
“The judges saw creative ideas using appropriate scientific methods with controls and variables that were tested multiple times, and included conducting samples and drawing correlations,” Canyons School District science fair coordinator Leslie Allen said about the district fair. “This year, we’ve had more creative projects that we haven’t seen before.”
Oak Hollow fifth-grader Jenna Mills and teammate Emma Christy tested the boiling point of water with varying amounts of salt and with sugar.
Classmate Shelby Harp smiled at 100 people she didn’t know at a grocery store as well as 100 people she did know to see if smiling is contagious.
“Of the ones I didn’t know, 67 percent smiled back, where 94 percent did if I knew them,” she said. “Smiling is contagious and it’s fun to smile at everyone anyway.”
Fifth-grader Sven Haugen made a mouse trap car, then tested the number of wheels to see which would allow the car to travel the farthest.
“He was really keen about it, so he did it all,” his mother Andrea said. “It’s a really good experience and fun to see all the science boards on display.”