Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local News

March 2, 2013

Lawrence County students shine during inaugural science fair

FALLSBURG — Fallsburg and Blaine students, grades four through eight, competed Wednesday at the inaugural Lawrence County Science Fair to determine who would move on to the FIVCO Science and Engineering Fair today.

Craig McDavid is a science teacher at Fallsburg Elementary School. He conducted the Lawrence County Science fair with the help of Gifted and Talented Program Director Dina Chaffin and FIVCO Science and Engineering Fair Director Dr. Barbara Walters.

Walters was a professor of McDavid’s in college. She approached him with the idea to host the fair for Lawrence County.

“I’m super proud of him,” Walters said. “He’s gotten a tremendous response.”

Walters said the main purpose of the science fair is to teach students how to put the scientific method to practical use.

“I know they’re still in elementary school,” Walters said. “But I believe teaching students to perform their experiments and explain them to others using the scientific method prepares them to someday earn their doctorate.”

Zoe Cordial is a Fallsburg student who participated in the fair. She says she learned many things while working on her experiment, but viewing other students’ projects was even more informative.

“You can look at somebody else’s project and learn about what they did,” Cordial said.

“It gives you a guide for how to do some of these other experiments in the future.”

Fannie Cantrell’s son, Brody, participated in the fair. She says he has learned a lot from the experience.

“He’s always been into science and I think this has increased his interest,” Fannie Cantrell said. “He’s learned some things he might not have learned without this science fair.”

Walters says she believes science fairs prevent students from losing their ability to question.

“You need that in a number of fields — medicine, technology, building construction,” Walters said. “You need that person who says, ‘I think there’s a better way to do this.’”

One student did a project that would affect his family’s income.

“I wanted to find out if we should feed our cows grain or grass,” Ethan Music said.

Music’s family raises cows for profit. He used the science fair to test what food would result in a larger cow and therefore a larger income.

“Now I know we should use grain when feeding our calves,” Music said. “It’s cool to know you can take something like science and apply it to your everyday life.”

McDavid said he expects this to be the first of many annual science fairs for Lawrence County.

“This is a wonderful turnout, an amazing group of kids,” McDavid said. “Everybody’s had a lot fun. It’s been a great learning experience.”

All students placing first or second in the Lawrence County Science Fair are eligible to compete in the FIVCO Science and Engineering Fair today at ACTC. Projects will be available for public viewing from noon until 1:30  p.m.on ACTC’s Roberts Drive Campus.

Text Only
Local News
  • Flatwoods mayoral debate set for Tuesday

    A public debate among the candidates seeking to become the next mayor of Flatwoods will take place next week.

    April 22, 2014

  • Ashland couple indicted on grave violation charges

     A man and a woman from Ashland have been indicted for allegedly stealing brass flower vases from graves at Rose Hill Burial Park.

    April 22, 2014

  • South Shore clerk gives updates on city building bids, sewer project

    City officials may not have to wait much longer to move from their temporary offices on Main Street into a shiny, new building.

    April 22, 2014

  • Fate of stray animals in Carter County questioned

    Stray animals in Carter County may be disappearing because no one seems to know exactly where they are going.

    April 22, 2014

  • Recovery center finds home

    The mayor of Grayson said he isn’t concerned about the money a new recovery center will funnel into the city, although he is deeply appreciative of what the proposed facility may be able to offer “people who really need help” recovering from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

    April 22, 2014

  • Olive Hill man charged with shooting wife during dispute

    A Carter County man has been arrested for allegedly shooting his wife in the neck during a domestic dispute.
    Robert Tackett, 47, of Olive Hill, was lodged in the Carter County Detention Center on Monday, charged with attempted murder-domestic violence, Kentucky State Police at Ashland said.

    April 22, 2014

  • Two of three Greenup commission seats on ballot

    Two of three commission seats are up for grabs in Greenup County this fall, and both will involve primary contests to determine the ballot lineup in the November election.

    April 22, 2014

  • 0423attmurder_tackett.jpg Olive Hill man charged with attempted murder

    A Carter County man has been arrested for allegedly shooting his wife in the neck during a domestic dispute.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rotary updated on Alliance

    Ed Neely, president of the Ashland Rotary Club and chairman of the Ashland Alliance, addressed Rotarians in both capacities during the Monday meeting to give an update on the organization’s recent progress.

    April 21, 2014

  • Prater has been satisfying fans’ hunger for 40 years

    Debbie Prater has satisfied thousands of athletes’, parents’ and fans’ snacking desires for nearly 360 months.
    That’s just about 40 years of serving nachos, popcorn, chili dogs, water and soda from Lewis County’s football, basketball and baseball concession stands, and Prater is retiring after this year’s last pitch.

    April 21, 2014