After our successful school science fair in March, the students who presented the top ten projects were chosen to attend the regional science fair competition in Portland on May 1. Mrs. Lamarre and Dr. Eklund took Kaitlyn, Isabelle, Sophia, Kohana, Ella, Sofia, Olivia, Patrick, Connor, Chloe, Mckenzie, Adin, Ela, Sasha, Anna, Manhattan, Ellery, Ruby, and Ivy to the Northwest Science Expo at Portland State University, where they presented their results to judges.
They also were able to see and hear from many students from all over the state. There were almost 800 middle school students participating in the Expo. After the judges read all of the boards and asked the students many questions about their projects, the awards were announced. The competition was tough, but several of our Cascades Academy students were recognized. Kaitlyn won Third Place in the category of Electromagnetic - Physics and also received a special award from the U.S. Air Force, recognizing her for excellence in science. Chloe, Mckenzie and Adin were given an Honorable Mention for their work in Microbiology, and Sasha and Ela were also given an Honorable Mention in the category of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
We are all very proud of all of the Cascades Academy middle school students who participated in this competition. They worked very hard on their posters and presentations and they all received positive feedback from the judges, particularly with regard to their ability to articulate their findings and in their thoroughness of their work. Way to go, Cascades Academy scientists!
-Dr. Eklund, Science Teacher