Local students packed the Veterans Memorial Building in downtown Hollister on March 21 for the San Benito County Office of Education’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) Fair.
Colleen Myers, coordinator of instructional support services for the office of education, said the event was important “to bring the community together and showcasing the talent we have in San Benito County.”
Poster boards displayed science projects from grades four through eight, with subjects including environmental science, earth science, zoology, botany, behavior/psychology and microbiology. Participants followed the scientific method and all poster boards laid out the steps as they were taken: observation, question, hypothesis, experiment, results and conclusion.
Eight schools took part in the fair: the Accelerated Achievement Academy (AAA), Cerra Vista Elementary School, Sunnyslope Elementary School, Aromas School, San Juan School, Bitterwater-Tully School District, Sacred Heart School and Spring Grove School.
- Joanna Abellera (AAA) – Physical Science
- Blake Abercrombie (Spring Grove) – Physical Science
- Rasmeet Brar (AAA) – Botany
- Zander Brister (Spring Grove) – Physical Science
- Leslie Cruz (Aromas School) – Microbiology
- Mira Dutton (AAA) – Physical Science
- Adrian Garcia (AAA) – Microbiology
- Rachel Garcia (Bitterwater/Tully) – Earth Science
- Leeza Gatson (AAA) – Zoology
- Tomas Gomez (Sacred Heart) – Behavior/Psychology
- Hunter Huck (Sunnyslope) – Physical Science
- Marea Ito (Sacred Heart) – Environmental Science
- Carlee Mayo (Sunnyslope) – Zoology
- Brady Reynolds (Cerra Vista) – Environmental Science
- Diego San Miguel (Cerra Vista) – Botany
- Anthony Silva (Sacred Heart) – Behavior/Psychology
- Chanel Venter (Sacred Heart) – Earth Science
Accelerated Achievement Academy fourth-grader Mira Dutton, who won the physical science entry for connecting potatoes together to power a light, said she felt great about her win. Her mother Melissa Dutton expressed how proud she was of her daughter.
The San Benito High School Robotics Team participated in the event and showed their robot onstage throughout the afternoon. The robot was programmed to pick up an object from one place and put it in another.
Team Coach and SBHS Engineering and Leadership teacher Thien Vu-Nguyen has seen the team members grow in the last year.
“They learn from each other and have learned to network with other schools,” he said.
Winners will go forward to the state science fair in Los Angeles on April 29 and 30.