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Chartiers Valley middle schoolers earn science honors

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Participants at the competition at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh in early April were focused less on tackles and field goals and more on mechanics and engineering.

Led by teacher Scott Caplan, 13 Chartiers Valley Middle School students had the opportunity to compete in the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair on April 5 and 6, with many taking home honors.

The sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students earned the opportunity to compete at the regional level by taking first place in their respective categories at Charters Valley annual Night of Science.

Caplan said the middle school's Night of Science usually draws at least 100 students.

Competition categories included those such as physical science, consumer science, engineering and robotics, chemistry and life science.

Seventh-grader Grace Schneider placed second in the intermediate level of the engineering and robotics category. Her project was a thermoelectric generator; she showed how heating wires can produce and electrical current.

“They get to see how science is involved in different aspects of their life in ways they might not have thought of before,” Caplan said. “I think it is great that they get to meet other students from other schools who are also interested in science.”

The following are the honors received by Chartiers-Valley students at the regional competition:

• Alex Stoker and Riley Bell, sixth grade, — third place, physical science, junior level.

• Grace Schneider, seventh grade, — second place, engineering and robotics, intermediate.

• Sponsor Awards: Brittany Reinstadtler and Emma Trombetta (eighth), and Grace Schneider.

• Affiliate Awards: Alex Stoker, Riley Bell, Grace Schneider and Breanna Parker, eighth grade.

Breanna Parker and Makenna Davies, seventh grade, and Grace Schneider also received certificates of excellence.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810.

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