SPRING HILL — Notre Dame Catholic School middle school students researched all kinds of topics and then competed for ribbons during their science fair March 16.
Science teacher Lissette Drinkwater, who oversaw the 55 students, said projects involved more than just science.
"Even though it's hard work, it's one of the few things that includes all curricula,'' she said. "The students must write, research, read and practice language and math skills. You've got all of your four major subjects bound up into one project."
All students received grades from Drinkwater and their English teacher, too.
These are this year's science fair winners:
Grade 6: Christine FeKete, first place for testing the effect of exterior air pressure on an egg; Declan Nieradka, second place for testing the effect of increasing numbers of coils in an electromagnet; Jazmine Shirley, third place for testing the effect of salts on ice; and Raylene Beck, honorable mention for testing the effect of baking soda on Spanish moss.
Grade 7: Katie Pioszak, first place for testing the effect of magnets on seed growth; Ashley Salvadeo, second place for testing the explosions created by different sodas; Robert Burns, third place for testing the effect of different powders on melting ice; and Cori Arndt, honorable mention for testing the effect of acids and bases on jawbreakers.
Grade 8: Hope Swain, first place for testing the effectiveness of different electromagnets; Katherine Wempe, second place for testing the effectiveness of different inks; Hunter Riley, third place for testing a robot to determine which line it would follow; and Nicole Rollo, honorable mention for testing different metals to determine magnetic ability.