Three dozen students from five area high schools competed in the first St. Bonaventure University Regional Science Fair Wednesday.
Darienne Slocum from Portville Central School took first place with her project “Polymers and Drug Delivery System.”
Slocum tested the capability of gel beads to absorb and retain common medicines, which could be beneficial in developing delivery systems for medicines based on their ability to slowly release drugs into the body.
Seth Sklar of Hinsdale (“The Wind Tunnel”) took second place and Ronnie Lott of Portville (“Blue Blood”) took third place.
Earning honorable mention awards were Sam Kellogg of Franklinville (“The Strength of Hydraulic Systems Using Different Density Substances”) and the Olean High team of Tori Gulnac, Peyton Kunselman, Saad Mirza, Adam Moses and Luke Rogers (“Marathon to the Sky”).
Participating schools included Archbishop Walsh, Franklinville, Hinsdale, Olean and Portville.
“For our inaugural event, I thought the students really did a fantastic job,” said Dr. David Hilmey, associate professor of chemistry and director of the science fair. “They should all be very proud of what they accomplished, and we’re so grateful to their teachers who helped facilitate their entry into the science fair.”
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