By Savanna Kearney

Students from Catholic schools around the diocese gathered at Bishop Snyder High School at 9 a.m. Friday, January 18 to participate in the Diocesan Science Fair. This is the 11th year that Bishop Snyder has hosted the science fair.

Torin Sap, 14, and Kyler Sullivan, 13, stand in front of their team science fair project. (photo by Savanna Kearney/St. Augustine Catholic)

“It helps us to build comradery together. The teachers and students get a chance to see each other. It helps to build character traits of being able to speak to judges and be prepared; its just a great process of building those lifelong skills of being able to communicate with others,” said Lizette Woodward, this year’s Diocesan Science Fair Coordinator.

Students, ranging from 6th to 8th grade, from 15 different diocesan schools participated, with a total number of 83 projects on display.

Juliana Namen, 13, explains her project to two science fair judges. (photo by Savanna Kearney/St. Augustine Catholic)

“We worked on a project that we personally really enjoyed,” said Kylar Sullivan, a 13-year-old student from Christ the King Catholic School, alongside his project partner, 14-year-old Torin Sapp. Their project entailed building a reliable lie detector by combining brainwaves and coding.

“I love meeting and talking to people and being able to express my project and what I learned,” said Juliana Namen, an eighth-grade student from San Jose Catholic School. “I think it’s a very good experience for kids to be able to understand their research and form a hypothesis and conclude things.”

First, second and third place winners, as well as two honorable mentions, were selected from each grade.