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37th Annual Scioto County Science Day
2018 Scioto County Science Day
Ninety-six students from grades 5-12 participated at the 37th Annual Scioto County Science Day, at the SOMC Friends Center on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

Science Day provides students an opportunity for display and evaluation of their own inquiry-based scientific research projects. This process helps students improve their own in-depth knowledge of science, develop communication skills, improve organizational abilities and develop their creativity and problem-solving skills.

Students participated from Clay, Green, Minford, New Boston, Notre Dame, Portsmouth, South Webster, Valley, West, and Wheelersburg schools.
In the first round of judging, students’ projects receive a rating of Superior, Excellent, Good, or Satisfactory from a team of judges. Judging panels are comprised of volunteers who are experienced in the field of science and/or education. At this point, projects are judged using the Ohio Academy of Science criteria including: knowledge achieved, use of scientific method, clarity of expression and originality and creativity. 

In the second round of judging students projects are judged for both Sponsorship awards and Special Recognition Awards. Sponsors determine their own judging criteria to determine their awards. The Special Recognition Awards are determined by judges revisiting all projects that received a Superior rating in order to compare them to one another. The Ohio Academy of Science criteria are still used, but now projects are compared to each other. 

Evan Mercer, director of technology at the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center, was invited to judge technology projects at this year’s Scioto County Science Day.

“I was extremely impressed,” Mercer said. “I learned a lot; and when you get to the root of why we do this, I think that should be the reason. Even as an adult it’s pretty neat to say I learned something from these kids.”

Sponsor Awards went to the following:

• The Scioto County Farm Bureau Award of $100 was presented to Luke Oakes of Minford. 
• The Gahm’s Pharmacy Medicine and Health Award of $50 was awarded to Rohit Kataria of Wheelersburg.
• The Gahm’s Pharmacy II Medicine and Health Award of $50 was awarded to Serena Kataria of Wheelersburg. 
• SOMC Health and Wellness Awards of $200 each were awarded to Dev Patel and Drew Willis of Wheelersburg and Katie Born of Portsmouth. 
• The Spirit of Engineering Award (sponsored by Robert and Elizabeth Wood) was awarded to Haleigh Collier of Wheelersburg. 

The Top 5 ESC Special Recognition Awards of $300 each were awarded to Rachel Davenport, Andrew Brown, Haleigh Collier, Serena Kataria and Rohit Kataria -- all of Wheelersburg. 

Students who receive a Superior rating at their own school’s Science Day, and also the 14 Superior students from the Scioto County Science Day may advance to District Science Day at the University of Rio Grande on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Students receiving a Superior rating at District Science Day then advance to State Science Day in Columbus on May 12, 2018. 

State Science Day is the high point of student-based scientific research and in 2018 will be entering its 70th year.

The event was coordinated by Gifted Services Coordinator Sharee Price, of the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center. Sponsors for the event were Gahm’s Pharmacy, Gahm’s Pharmacy II, Portsmouth Rotary Club, Scioto County Farm Bureau, Scioto Foundation, Shawnee Nature Club, Southern Ohio Medical Center, StaBo Construction Limited, Wendy’s Dr. Wayne and Mrs. Saundra Wheeler and Robert and Elizabeth Wood. 
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