Fifty-five student projects earned "Superior" awards at Worthington's Science Day and will advance to the Central Ohio Science Day.

Brian Geniusz, a science and health curriculum leader in the district, said the projects, with titles such as "Can Sunlight be used to Decontaminate Water?," "The Effects of Deodorant on Plants," "Vibration Resistance of Materials," "Effects of X-ray Radiation on Crops," and "Antacids and Their Effects on Soda Acidity" all earned top scores Feb. 25 at Worthington Kilbourne High School.

He said Central Ohio Science Day would be held March 18 at Columbus State Community College.

"The 2017 Worthington Science Day was one of our best yet," Geniusz said. "We had fantastic projects by students showing some deep thinking, solid reasoning and very creative solutions.

"The students were amazing in the level of learning on display for the community," he said.

"We are very proud of all of our students' accomplishments and the Science Day students just added to the resume of success in the Worthington Schools."

Board member Marc Schare was a judge for Science Day.

He wrote an account of the day on his public Facebook page, saying, "I met a young man (freshman, Jack Caine) who tried as hard as he could to ruin Diet Cherry Coke for me by scientifically demonstrating the impact its acidity has on my insides.

"His project was to determine whether or not antacids really help by measuring PH levels before and after the antacid," Schare said. "What was impressive was the depth of knowledge this kid gained from doing the project and his ability to explain not only the fact that the antacids, did, in fact, raise the PH level, but why."

Geniusz said he was very happy with the level of community support.

"We had local businesses support Science Day with donations, such as Hobbyland, and STEM-U sponsored our design challenge," he said.

"We also had great support from our judges. Our students were able to interact with PhDs from local universities, practicing doctors and nurses from medical fields, engineers, veterinarians, information technology experts and top notch educators, plus many others in STEM related fields."

He said 443 students either entered science projects, or participated in the Invention Convention or Design Challenge activities that also were part of the event.

Besides viewing science projects, the public was able to visit an insect 'petting zoo' from the Ohio State University, learn more about middle-school robotics and other school programs, plus participate in science demonstrations.

Geniusz said the district would continue to alternate between Thomas Worthington High School and Worthington Kilbourne High School for Science Day, so the next Science Day would be in February 2018 at Thomas Worthington High School.

For more information on Science Day go to worthington.k12.oh.us/ScienceDay.

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