SPRING HILL — Springstead High School sophomores Alivia Duncan, Monica Surrena and Ashley Principe hunkered down together to determine how to pull together a history fair project that followed the fair's theme, "Revolution, Reactions and Reforms in History."
They came up with "The Technological Revolution During the Age of Discovery" and focused on innovations for seafaring vessels.
"Our team was interested by how the invention of nautical equipment sparked a worldwide revolution in exploration and maritime travel," the girls wrote in their process paper, part of the overall project.
Their efforts have earned them a place in the district history fair after winning at the school level among 145 projects. Theirs was one of two winners in the exhibits category. There were also two winning projects from each of four other categories: papers, documentaries, websites and performances.
The event's coordinator is Suzanne Miranda, world history teacher and the state history fair's Patricia Behring 2011 Senior Division Teacher of the Year for Florida. Springstead will host the district history fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in its media center.
Winners — again two from each category — will be eligible to go to Tallahassee for the state history fair. "I took over 100 students last year," Miranda said.
Alivia, 15, Monica, 16, and Ashley, 16, hope to earn one of those spots. Their exhibit includes a small wooden ship.
"We made it to represent the Santa Maria," Alivia said. "The ship was called a carrack. It was built so you could move more cargo, and it was able to withstand rough waters of the Atlantic. ... "
"So they could get to new places that they couldn't get to before," Monica interjected.
They also have a copy of their process paper and an exhibit board. The board has photos of explorers, their thesis, an analysis, the technological revolution's significance and their conclusion.
Monica participated in the fair last year and plans to be in it again next year.
"I think it allows students to research topics they're interested in and show everyone else what they learned," she said.
Monica is the daughter of Mary Grace and Chuck Surrena. Alivia is the daughter of Aimee Whitehead and Bernard Duncan and the stepdaughter of Wayne Whitehead. Ashley is the daughter of Linda and Jeffrey Principe.