ALBANY, Ga. -- Taylor Allen, ninth-grade son of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen C. Allen, won first place in the Southwest Georgia Homeschool Association's Science Fair for the high school level.
His project, "How Many Licks to the Center of a Tootsie Pop?", scientifically analyzed the effects of solute, temperature and friction upon the classic lollipop. Taylor's project also won the "Best in Show" ribbon for scoring the highest among judges.
Abigail Smith, the sixth-grade daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary A. Smith, won first place in the middle school competition.
Her project, "Incubator Temperature Control," was a scientific comparative study of two heat sources for most effective temperature control during incubation.
The annual science fair, open to kindergarten-12th-grade students, was held at Beattie Road Church of Christ and attracted 26 entries from the Southwest Georgia area.
The student projects ranged from physics, biology, health, physical science, cultural events and consumer products and were judged on creative ability, scientific thought and process, thoroughness, skill and clarity.
In addition to Allen, other high school winners were Thomas Allen, whose project was titled "Parachute Shapes," second place; and Lindy Leitner, "Coefficients of Static Friction," third place. Following Smith as middle school winners were Margaret Grace Smith, "Peer Pressure," second place; and Lindsay Brooks, "Comparing Corrosion," third place.
Honorable mention went to Andrew Bellacomo, "Are Bargain Batteries Really a Bargain?"; Garrison Goddard, "Polymers;" and Chris Wilder, "Evaporative Cooling, Help for Developing Nations."
All the SWGHA high school projects will be submitted for the 39th Darton College/Merck Regional Science Fair planned for Feb. 18 at Darton.