ACTC Science Fair Celebrates Youth Projects
The future is bright for our region according to the abilities shown by students at the 5th annual ACTC/FIVCO Science and Engineering Fair February 3. The fair coordinated by Ashland Community and Technical College showcased 124 science projects that ranged from making electricity to cleaning grease stains.
“My students really enjoyed the activities,” said Carmella Rose, a seventh grade teacher at Louisa Middle School. “They learn a lot about the science process, and they like working on projects.
“We have been participating since the second year of the fair, and we keep winning,” Rose added. “Someone has placed every time we have come.”
This year, Paylin Meek won first place in the Middle School Math, Engineering and Computer Sciences category; and Luke Johnson won third place in the Middle School Physics and Astronomy Category.
“This fair helps students with practical problem solving skills, and these skills can them all through life,” said Craig McDavid, the fourth and fifth grade science teacher a Fallsburg Elementary School. “This is his fifth year of participating in the fair because it’s a great opportunity for our students to explore science and see what other students in other schools are doing.”
Kaesin Ward from Blaine Elementary School won second place in the Elementary School Chemistry category. Sarah Preece from Blaine Elementary won third place in the Middle School Math, Engineering, & Computer Science category.
Lawrence County High School students also volunteered to work in the various labs, like making slime and models of molecules using marshmallows.
Those different areas of science explored at the fair were Biomedical & Behavioral Health; Animal, Plant & Environmental; Math, Engineering & Computers; Chemistry; and Physics & Anatomy.
First, second and third place awards were given in each category. All award winners in the middle and high school categories as well as the elementary grand prize and grand prize runner-up are eligible to enter the Regional Science and Engineering Fair held at Northern Kentucky University.
The fair at ACTC’s Technology Drive Campus had entries from 45 schools and home schools representing all FIVCO counties.
“This year’s event was a result of the continuous support of our volunteers, teachers, and students who are committed to student success,” said Mia Brown, Fair Director. “A special thanks goes to our sponsors Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc., Kings Daughter Medical Center, Marathon Petroleum Company and Big Sandy Superstore.”
Gospel Night is Feb. 16
The public is invited to a free Gospel Night Program Thursday, Feb.16, at 6 p.m. at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center in downtown Ashland. The program features choirs and soloists from African American churches throughout the Tri-State.
Performers include the Mass Choir from Christ Temple Church in Ashland, the Mass Choir from First Baptist Church in Burlington OH, the Ironton High School Choir, the Mass Choir and Men’s Choir from Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ironton and Quinn Chapel AME Church in Ironton.
Soloists are John Smith from Zoar Baptist Church in Cole Grove, OH, and Angela Young from First Baptist Church in Burlington.
The community Black History Month program is supported by ACTC, the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center and a number of community partners. For more information, contact the Museum at 606-329-8888.
Electrical/HVAC Continuing Education
Recertification classes for Kentucky electrical and HVAC professionals will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Ashland Community and Technical College Robert Drive Campus.
Green Energy & Business Practices is approved for Kentucky Electrical Contractors and HVAC Journeymen and Masters, electrical contractors and plumbers. Instructor Lennis Adkins will cover topics such as Green Energy trends, techniques and tips.
Analysis of NEC Upgrades is approved for Kentucky master electricians and electricians. Instructor Harold Henry will cover updates to the National Electrical Code.