March 9, 2006– Fourth grader Kayla Baca wanted to know how electric cars can run without gas. Using a battery, a plastic cup and a magnet as part of her experiment, she was able to make an educated guess that the electric field produced by the magnet is ultimately what makes the car go.
As it turns out, her hypothesis was a good one. Kayla, who attends Skyline School, was just one of hundreds of elementary and middle school kids from the Barstow Union School District to enter a science project into the community’s annual Science Fair. Thanks to her hard work and careful thought in putting her project together, Kayla was awarded the first place Time Warner Cable Sweepstakes Trophy and a $500 savings bond toward her future education.
TWC has been a supporter of the annual Barstow Science Fair for several years to recognize young students who exhibit creativity, an eagerness to learn and an interest in the sciences through their experiments. A second place trophy and $250 savings bond was awarded to fourth grader Lario Welsch from Barstow Christian for proving that he could make a lightning storm detector using the static electricity from a television set.
“When selecting the winners, we look for the ones that do the processes correctly,” said Chuck Gibson, general manager of TWC Barstow. “Did they state their thesis? Did they do the research? Based on that research, did they come up with a relatable conclusion? Projects like these really build kids’ confidence when they’re asked to support and prove why it is they think something. It places value on asking the question, why or why not?”
TWC Barstow filmed the Science Fair and broadcast it live from Barstow Community Junior College where last night’s event took place. Science Fair coverage will be replayed on the local access channel 6 in coming weeks.
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