Students representing several area schools earned spots in the state event with outstanding showings at the 2012 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Regional Science and Engineering Fair held in early February at the UNC Charlotte campus. The UNCC event was sponsored by the university’s Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education.
As a result of their entries in the UNCC competition, Grace Poteat of Huntersville Elementary School will take part in the state competition in the elementary division; Andrew Van Wingerden of SouthLake Christian Academy, Carolina Gilland of Bradley Middle School and Sydney Capps of Lake Norman Christian School will participate in the junior division; and Jules Carter of North Meck High School will be among the senior division competitors.
In addition to the honor of advancing to the state event, several of the students also picked up numerous honors and awards in specific categories at the UNCC fair.
Poteat won the Discovery Place “Discovery Award” and was among the Earth Awareness honorees. Van Wingerden was singled our for honors by The Academy of the Carolinas, Gilland was recognized in the American Meteorological Society, Broadcom Masters and N.C. Water Works and Water Environment Association categories. And Carter was a winner in the Association of Women Geoscientists, STEM excellence in research, RICOH, U.S. Army and Navy/Marine Corps categories.
Other special award winners included Lake Norman Christian students Lexi Mecum, who won the LS3P Architects award and was recognized as a Broadcom Master; and Emma Beightol, who also earned Broadcom Master honors.
[excerpt from Lake Norman Citizen, click here to read more]