Middle and high school students are using science to solve global problems.
Winners of the Prince William-Manassas Regional Science Fair have been honored by the Prince William County Service Authority (PWCSA).
Sixth- through 12th-graders took part in the annual event, which occurred at the Kelly Leadership Center in Manassas.
Nine students were recognized at PWCSA’s Board meeting last week, according to a release from the Service Authority.
“I am always amazed by our students’ abilities to take scientific concepts and apply them to real-world issues, particularly to issues relating to water,” Education & Outreach Coordinator Audrey Arnold said in a release. “This year’s group of Service Authority Organizational Award winners was particularly strong, and we look forward to seeing what these students bring to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields in the years to come.”
Heather Tang, an eighth-grader at Pennington Traditional School in Manassas, was among the students awarded.
She submitted the top water/environmental science-based entry, which considered the most efficient carbon filter, according to a release from the Service Authority.
“I always change out the filter, which has activated carbon,” Heather said in a release. “While I am changing the filter, I am thinking ‘what’s in this, what makes this a good filter and how does it work?’”
The carbon, according to Heather, could be used in places where drinking water isn’t available.
Daniel Gigi, Abtin Ghaffari and Shiva Manandhar from The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park in Manassas won first place in the High School Division.
Melanie Rosado from Colgan High School in Manassas placed second.
Ayaan Siddiqui from Benton Middle School in Manassas was named the second place winner in the Middle School Division.
Celia Calabria from Marsteller Middle School in Bristow received third place.
Kaitlyn Thai from Ronald Reagan Middle School in Haymarket and Jessica Buckley from Bull Run Middle School in Gainesville won the General Manager’s Awards for the Middle School Division.