Bright young minds gather to compete

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) -  The best and the brightest students from all over Texas competed at the 46th annual East Texas science fair at Kilgore College.

It was an event that may reveal the future great minds from our state. From harnessing the power of sun, wind and water to health and nutrition, kids from all over Texas applied their best solutions to modern day problems.

"Well ideally you're looking for novel ideas you're looking for good application of scientific method," said Dave Bugay, a professor of chemistry at Kilgore College.

The fair sparks the interest of our future scientists and researchers. There were even studies on health for coffee drinkers.

"I wanted to see on various ages how it would affect blood pressure," said Lexie Hamilton, a student at Gilmer Intermediate School.

Some students worked as long as six months on these experiments, researching, testing, recording every detail and forming a hypothesis.

"It's obvious that some of them have really put a lot of time and effort into it they've really worked hard at it," said Hamilton.


"I went on the Internet, that's about it," said Jacob Determine who goes to Jack Elementary. "It's fun to have your sister right here and it splash her."

It is important because we need more kids interested in science.

"Right now, we hear high schools being shorted of math and science teachers in particular," said Bugay.

Most were borderline genius.

"A potato and an orange [have] electrolytes inside that powers them," said Isaac Elizondo, 14, of Henderson Middle School. "It just runs the clock like a normal battery would."

"I found that there was really no statistical difference," said Sydney Raabe, of Holloway Middle School.

And in this economy, we really could use some of these smart folks.

The winners will qualify for national and international fairs to be held in late March and May.