After long days, weeks and even months of hard work, it was time for the Utah School for the Deaf’s (USDB) students to compete in the annual Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair (SLVSEF)! On March 19th, four brilliant 5th and 6th grade Deaf students competed in 4 different categories (biology, biochemistry, physics and human behavior). Each student described their project to at least 4 judges and everyone learned a lot! This was the first year for USDB to be in the regional science fair, so it was an exciting day!
On March 20th, 15 7th-12th grade students competed in SLVSEF and also did a wonderful job. They presented their projects to at least 5 judges each and experienced the University of Utah campus. The USDB students’ projects ranged from rockets to DNA extraction, animal bio-magnetism to cold tolerance in mammals.
To round out the week, on Friday, March 21st, USDB had the honor of attending its first SLVSEF awards ceremony! In addition to hair-raising electromagnetic and static electricity experiments, hundreds of students, ranging from 5th-12th grade, poured into Taylorsville High School’s auditorium to share their passion of science with one another and to continue to improve their work!
USDB had a great first year! Four students received a personal invitation to a Science Summer camp, due to their excellence in their competition category. Senait won a prestigious award from the local 4H chapter for her outstanding work with her culinary arts project. Similarly, Rhett and Meseret won a Technology and Application award from 4H for their work with biomagnetism in grazing cattle. Alexah, who worked with DNA extraction and procurement procedures, won third in the molecular biology category!
Finally, USDB was recognized as “an overly enthusiastic group of kids who seem curious and excited to learn” by the University of Utah’s Outreach program and we will begin a partnership program with them in the Fall of 2014!