PLATTSBURGH — Area students say the Champlain Valley Regional Science Fair increased their understanding of the world around them and boosted their interest in the sciences.
Ricky Murray Jr., a freshman at Northeastern Clinton Central School, took third place in the High School Technology Project category.
“It’s one of the greatest subjects,” he said before the winners were announced at Saturday’s event at SUNY Plattsburgh. “With history, you study the past.
“With science, you look forward to the future.”
He hopes to one day work in paleontology and study extinct species.
Murray was one of more than 70 middle and high-school students who, mostly working in groups of two or three, researched topics and crafted presentations, many demonstrating their findings live to at the Science Fair.
Twenty-eight judges, many professors at SUNY Plattsburgh or Clinton Community College, judged the projects, ranking first, second and third place in each category.
PROCESS OF SCIENCE
The event, sponsored by the Development Corp. and Miner Agricultural Institute, aims to promote inquiry-based scientific and technological investigations.
“We hope that your development of these wonderful projects we’ve seen today has helped you to understand the process of science and technology and how important they are to the future of our society,” Dr. Robert Fuller, co-chair of the fair and director of the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at SUNY Plattsburgh, told participants.
“We really do depend on that, and it’s important that we have people trained in these disciplines.”
It’s Fuller’s hope that many of the participants will pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Researching a topic and preparing a presentation makes for a fulfilling and interactive learning experience, he said.
“It helps students to develop and satisfy their curiosity.”
The event showcases the work of “students who are motivated to go above a beyond their typical classwork,” said Michele Snyder, co-chair of the Champlain Valley Regional Science Fair and associate professor of science at Clinton Community College.