Of Birds, Deer and Earthworms; Man's Impact on Nature Is Part of Focus of 28th Annual Science Fair

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Byline: Terry Dickson

BRUNSWICK | Usually the competition on the gym floor at College of Coastal Georgia is five against five with a basketball. But once each year, hundreds of young science students compete in the Coastal Georgia Regional Science & Engineering Fair.

In this, the 28th year, there are 202 projects entered by elementary through high school students, said Kimberly Pause Tucker, a biology professor at the college.

For the first time, the fair will have activities for competitors. The National Science Center's Mobile Discovery Center will be on campus today for the students to walk through, she said.

"They have all sorts of fun gadgets," she said.

Tucker praised the quality of the projects as the students set up Thursday afternoon, including some that have gone on to a second phase of a project they entered in 2011.

"They've come up with another question and that's good. That's how research works in the real world," she said.

The only disappointment for Tucker is that the number of senior projects declined for the second straight year.

The projects cover the gamut. …


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