Atwater Elementary and Merced City took the top spots at the second annual Merced County STEM Fair this week at the Merced County Fairgrounds Pavilion Hall.
The event, which was hosted by the Merced County Office of Education, showcased nearly 40 science projects from more than 50 students from sixth, seventh and eigth grades. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
There was a three-way tie for first place at this year’s event.
The winning projects were:
Sixth graders Riley Stubbs and Ruth Hansard from Mitchell K-6 in Atwater with their microbiology project “5 Second Rule: Looks Can Be Deceiving”
Eighth grader Thomas Garner from Mitchell Senior for his aerodynamic/hydrodynamic project “Comparison of Two Different Propulsion Systems”
Sixth grader Dana Saeteurn from Chenoweth in Merced with her math and computer science project “Help Cat Find His Clarinet: How Sound Cues Affect a Visually Impaired Person’s Ability to Play Video Games.”
Those three exhibits will compete in the California State Science Fair on April 23-24 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.