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18 Peachtree Corners Students Represented at Science Fair

Students from five local schools are among more than 1,000 students participating in the fair Friday, Feb. 22.

Peachtree Corners students from Norcross High, Duluth High, Pinckneyville Middle, Simpson and Berkeley Lake elementary schools will participate in the 35th annual Gwinnett County Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Friday.

There will be 18 local students among the 1,000 students from 63 schools participating.

It is the county's largest regional event for science learning, and students from public schools, charter schools, private schools and home schools are among those participating. (See full list below)

The fair takes place Friday, Feb. 22, at Gwinnett Center, located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. Visitors may attend the open house, which begins at 4:00 p.m. The awards ceremony takes place at 7:30 p.m.

The theme this year is "Motivating the Next Generation of Science and Engineering Leaders—from Classroom to Career."

Jonathon Wetherington, director of science at Gwinnett County Public Schools, said the fair allows students to explore the world of science by seeing how it affects culture and economy.

"To be successful, students have to apply critical and creative thinking to develop their research, and then they have to be able to communicate their ideas, thought processes, and results effectively," he said.

"For students, this process allows them to gauge their proficiency against their peers, demonstrating their readiness for college and careers," Wetherington added. "The real-world nature of the experience truly prepares students to discover not only a little bit about science and engineering, but a great deal about how they are being prepared for a bright future."

The following schools are participating:

Archer Cluster:

  • Archer High School: 27 students, 14 projects
  • McConnell Middle School: 20 students, 13 projects
  • Lovin Elementary School: Six students, six projects

Berkmar Cluster:

  • Bethesda Elementary: Six students, six projects

Brookwood Cluster:

  • Brookwood High School: 43 students, 18 projects
  • Crews Middle School: 31 students, 21 projects
  • Five Forks Middle School: 23 students, 16 projects
  • Brookwood Elementary School: Six students, six projects
  • Craig Elementary School: 10 students, 10 projects
  • Gwin Oaks Elementary School: eight students, six projects

Central Gwinnett Cluster:

  • Central Gwinnett High School: Six students, six projects
  • Moore Middle School: 25 students, 16 projects
  • Richards Middle School: 17 students, 16 projects
  • Winn Holt Elementary School: Six students, six projects

Collins Hill Cluster:

  • Collins Hill Hill School: 72 students, 45 projects
  • Creekland Middle School: 49 students, 34 projects
  • McKendree Elementary School: 8 students, 8 projects
  • Taylor Elementary School: 8 students, eight project
  • Walnut Grove Elementary School: Seven students, seven projects

Dacula Cluster:

  • Dacula High School: 87 students, 36 projects 
  • Dacula Elementary School: Six students, six projects 
  • Mulberry Elementary School: Nine students, nine projects

Duluth Cluster:

  • Duluth High School: Four students, four projects
  • Berkley Lake Elementary School: Three students, two projects
  • Harris Elementary School: Six students, four projects

Grayson Cluster:

  • Grayson High School: 53 students, 33 projects
  • Bay Creek Middle School: 38 students, 32 projects 
  • Couch Middle School: Four students, four projects
  • Grayson Elementary School: Six students, six projects

Lanier Cluster:

  • Lanier MS: 23 students, 19 projects
  • Sycamore ES: 8 students, 8 projects

Meadowcreek Cluster:

  • Meadowcreek High School: Three students, three projects
  • Radloff Middle School: Two students, two projects
  • Hopkins Elementary School: Five students, five projects

Mill Creek Cluster:

  • Mill Creek High School: 18 students, 11 projects
  • Ivy Creek Elementary School: Six students, six projects
  • Puckett’s Mill Elementary School: Five students, five projects

Mountain View Cluster: 

  • Mountain View High School: 52 students, 27 projects
  • Twin Rivers Middle School: 22 students, 11 projects 
  • Dyer Elementary School: 10 students, 10 projects

Norcross Cluster:

  • Norcross High School: Three students, three projects
  • Pinckneyville Middle School: Two students, two projects
  • Norcross Elementary School: Eight students, eight projects
  • Simpson Elementary School: Six students, six projects

North Gwinnett Cluster:

  • North Gwinnett Middle School: Five students, three projects 
  • Level Creek Elementary School: Two students, two projects

Parkview Cluster:

  • Parkview High School: Six students, five projects
  • Trickum Middle School: 21 students, 17 projects
  • Arcado Elementary School: Four students, four projects

Peachtree Ridge Cluster: 

  • Peachtree Ridge High School: 44 students, 27 projects
  • Hull Middle School: Five students, four projects
  • Burnette Elementary School: Six students, six projects

Shiloh Cluster:

  • Shiloh Middle School: 19 students, 18 projects
  • Anderson-Livsey Elementary School: Seve students, seven projects

South Gwinnett Cluster:

  • South Gwinnett High School: 19 students, 12 projects
  • Norton Elementary School: Six students, six projects
  • Rosebud Elementary Schoool: Nine students, nine projects

GCPS Charter schools:

  • Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology: 59 students, 31 projects
  • Gwinnett Online Campus: 11 students, 11 projects

Buford City Schools:

  • Buford High School: 10 students, 10 projects

Private Schools and Homeschooled Students:

  • Berean Homeschool (elementary level): Seven projects, seven students
  • Notre Dame Academy: 20 students, 20 projects
  • City of Knowledge (middle school level): 15 students, 15 projects

In addition, the fair features student scientific work during the “Distinguished Research Symposium,” scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. All of the projects earned first place at their local school's science fair and advanced to the districtwide event.

At the regional fair, the projects will be judged by Georgia professionals and scientists for scientific quality, accuracy, creativity, and experimental design.

The following Gwinnett County students will present their original research as part of the symposium:

  • Aprotim Cory Bhowmik – 11th grader from Parkview High “Hemodynamic Interactions in Arterial Networks with Atherosclerosis”
  • Ryan Hawks and Jake Inderrieden – 12th graders from Collins Hill High “Harvesting Electricity from Manure Using a Microbial Fuel Cell”
  • Florey Fung – 11th grader from Collins Hill High “Citrus Fruits on the Percentage of E. Coli in Water”
  • Willie Jin – 11th grader at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology “Investigaing Heme Pocket Residues in a Globin Coupled Sensor”
  • Fatima Kamal – 11th grader from Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology “Mechanistic Evaluation of Rhodium Carbenoid Mediated Cyclopropanation using ReactIR”
  • Melanie Lee and Ashley (Hye ji) Cho – 12th graders at Collins Hill High “Effects of Fat and Carotenoid Absorption”
  • Jonathan Rong Li – 12th grader from Duluth High “Kinetically Controlled Synthesis of Silver Nanoplates and Nanodisks via a Solvothermal Route”
  • Daniela Ruiz – 11th grader at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology “Synthesis, Characterization and Kinetics of the Fastest-Folding WW Domains”
  • Prachi Patel – 10th grader at Collins Hill High “The Effect of Stress on Teenagers”
  • Aksal Vashi – 10th grader from Collins Hill High “Swine Manure as an Accelerating Agent for Oil Biodegradation”
  • Michael Yang – 11th grader at Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology “Modulating Peptide Self-Assembly with Zinc2+, Nickel2+, and Cadmium2+”

In addition to the fair's aforementioned science projects and presentations, industry professionals will be available to talk with students about future career opportunities in science and engineering at the Career Expo.

Presenters include organizations from: American Chemical Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Gwinnett County Crime Scene Investigations, Gwinnett Medical Center, Jackson EMC, UPS, among many others.

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