Science on display


Whitman College science professors Heidi Dobson, left, listens as Garrison Middle School seventh-grader Hannah Gardner explains her science fair project studying if traits are expressed differently in identical twins.

Whitman College science professors Heidi Dobson, left, listens as Garrison Middle School seventh-grader Hannah Gardner explains her science fair project studying if traits are expressed differently in identical twins. Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.

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Above, Garrison seventh-grader Macy Quinn-Sears explains details of the procedure she used to test which hairspray launched potatoes farthest. At left, with chemistry professor Dalia Rokhsana looking on, Sager Middle School seventh-grader Hannah Rickords explains the maze and music she used to examine whether classical or rock music influenced the time it took a mouse to navigate a maze.

WALLA WALLA — Whitman College hosted its second annual youth science fair Saturday at Cordiner Hall. The event drew entries from middle and high school students throughout the region.

Science Outreach Coordinator Mary Burt said this year’s event led to positive mentoring relationships. A volunteer Whitman student worked with a Milton-Freewater student to develop a project in neurobiology. Whitman students also spent lunch hours working with groups of students in College Place. Dr. Joe Wujek worked with a middle-school student on building a giant magnet out of a car battery.

Prizes included an overall grand prize of an iPad mini with case, microscope and microscopic life kit to the top entry in middle and high school levels.

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