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The top 18 elementary, middle and high school STEM projects in Sarasota were on display at the STEM Fair Expo.

Students use STEM to learn, compete, play

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

The top 18 elementary, middle and high school STEM projects in Sarasota were on display at the STEM Fair Expo.

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The Robard Arena was lined with rows upon rows of student STEM Fair projects on the evening of Jan. 31.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

The Robard Arena was lined with rows upon rows of student STEM Fair projects on the evening of Jan. 31.

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Takumi Fenderson, a fourth grader from Gulf Gate Elementary stands beside his project, "How does brightness of light affect the performance of a solar power car?"

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Takumi Fenderson, a fourth grader from Gulf Gate Elementary stands beside his project, "How does brightness of light affect the performance of a solar power car?"

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Tyler Wolfinger is a third grade student from Southside Elementary School. He stands beside his project, "Will flaps on a paper airplane effect how far it flies?"

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Tyler Wolfinger is a third grade student from Southside Elementary School. He stands beside his project, "Will flaps on a paper airplane effect how far it flies?"

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Aaleeyah Munoz is a third grade student from Atwater Elementary. She did her project on "Plants vs. water: The battle of soil erosion."

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Aaleeyah Munoz is a third grade student from Atwater Elementary. She did her project on "Plants vs. water: The battle of soil erosion."

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Fourth grade student Reece Lanum, who attends Garden Elementary and competes in triathlons, did his project on "How can my bike help me fly through my tri?"

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Fourth grade student Reece Lanum, who attends Garden Elementary and competes in triathlons, did his project on "How can my bike help me fly through my tri?"

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Fourth grade student Reece Lanum, who attends Garden Elementary and competes in triathlons, did his project on "How can my bike help me fly through my tri?"

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Fourth grade student Reece Lanum, who attends Garden Elementary and competes in triathlons, did his project on "How can my bike help me fly through my tri?"

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Isabella Santelli, a fifth grade student from Tuttle Elementary, completed her project on whether or not eye colors affects a person's personality.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Isabella Santelli, a fifth grade student from Tuttle Elementary, completed her project on whether or not eye colors affects a person's personality.

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Isabella Santelli, a fifth grade student from Tuttle Elementary, completed her project on whether or not eye colors affects a person's personality.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Isabella Santelli, a fifth grade student from Tuttle Elementary, completed her project on whether or not eye colors affects a person's personality.

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Kaelyn Dobson (right) and Jordan Miller (left) were in attendance from the Sarasota Jungle Gardens to teach students about animals and give information about the zoo.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Kaelyn Dobson (right) and Jordan Miller (left) were in attendance from the Sarasota Jungle Gardens to teach students about animals and give information about the zoo.

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Jessica Young represented the YMCA at the STEM Fair Expo and helped kids to make three-dimensional shapes with toothpicks and gummy bears.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Jessica Young represented the YMCA at the STEM Fair Expo and helped kids to make three-dimensional shapes with toothpicks and gummy bears.

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Bella Brush, an 11th grade student from Sarasota High School, completed her project on "measuring the effect of gene silencing on lipid yield in spirulina platensis."

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Bella Brush, an 11th grade student from Sarasota High School, completed her project on "measuring the effect of gene silencing on lipid yield in spirulina platensis."

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Bella Brush, an 11th grade student from Sarasota High School, completed her project on "measuring the effect of gene silencing on lipid yield in spirulina platensis."

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Bella Brush, an 11th grade student from Sarasota High School, completed her project on "measuring the effect of gene silencing on lipid yield in spirulina platensis."

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Fourth-grader Daniel Quevaedo attends Laurel Nokomis Elementary School and decided to do his project on "Solar-powered salt removal."

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Fourth-grader Daniel Quevaedo attends Laurel Nokomis Elementary School and decided to do his project on "Solar-powered salt removal."

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Kate Landry, a fifth grade student from Lakeview Elementary, comleted her STEM Fair project on where people are less likely to get sunburned on the beach.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Kate Landry, a fifth grade student from Lakeview Elementary, comleted her STEM Fair project on where people are less likely to get sunburned on the beach.

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Fifth grade Hendrix Nunnery, who attends Fruitville Elementary and has an interest in pottery, completed his project on "What happens to different types of clay at different temperatures?"

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Fifth grade Hendrix Nunnery, who attends Fruitville Elementary and has an interest in pottery, completed his project on "What happens to different types of clay at different temperatures?"

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Fifth grade Hendrix Nunnery, who attends Fruitville Elementary and has an interest in pottery, completed his project on "What happens to different types of clay at different temperatures?"

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Fifth grade Hendrix Nunnery, who attends Fruitville Elementary and has an interest in pottery, completed his project on "What happens to different types of clay at different temperatures?"

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Fourth-grader Lilly Pederson-Hornacek from Laurel Nokomis wanted to learn more about how people can use "sand clocks," or hourglasses, to tell time. Here, she stands with a home-made prototype.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Fourth-grader Lilly Pederson-Hornacek from Laurel Nokomis wanted to learn more about how people can use "sand clocks," or hourglasses, to tell time. Here, she stands with a home-made prototype.

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Various vendors and science-related merchants brought toys and experiments for the students and their families to play with.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Various vendors and science-related merchants brought toys and experiments for the students and their families to play with.

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Elise Hodges from Gocio Elementary plays with "tornado tube" brought by Experience Daliona.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Elise Hodges from Gocio Elementary plays with "tornado tube" brought by Experience Daliona.

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Hannah Gore, a sixth-grader from Woodland Middle School, decided to do her project on "Does SPF of sunscreen matter?" to learn more about how people can prevent skin cancer.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Hannah Gore, a sixth-grader from Woodland Middle School, decided to do her project on "Does SPF of sunscreen matter?" to learn more about how people can prevent skin cancer.

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Hannah Gore, a sixth-grader from Woodland Middle School, decided to do her project on "Does SPF of sunscreen matter?" to learn more about how people can prevent skin cancer.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Hannah Gore, a sixth-grader from Woodland Middle School, decided to do her project on "Does SPF of sunscreen matter?" to learn more about how people can prevent skin cancer.

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Fifth grade Goya Sleit from Gulf gate Elementary completed her STEM Fair project on which types of oranges have the thickest skin.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Fifth grade Goya Sleit from Gulf gate Elementary completed her STEM Fair project on which types of oranges have the thickest skin.

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Sarah Burkett (right), Cheri Dame (middle) and Bev Stancel are the Sarasota County Schools science program specialists for elementary, middle and high schools.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Sarah Burkett (right), Cheri Dame (middle) and Bev Stancel are the Sarasota County Schools science program specialists for elementary, middle and high schools.

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Fourth grade Addie Ross plays Jenga with Selby Gardens Senior Manager of School and Family Programs Tracy Calla.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Fourth grade Addie Ross plays Jenga with Selby Gardens Senior Manager of School and Family Programs Tracy Calla.

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Tracy Calla plays Jenga with Addie Ross to teach her more about how the rainforest ecosystem is like Jenga.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Tracy Calla plays Jenga with Addie Ross to teach her more about how the rainforest ecosystem is like Jenga.

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Curtis Craig, Jenny Shaw, Alisa Craig and Alex Martin represented STEMania at the STEM Fair Expo.

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 |

Curtis Craig, Jenny Shaw, Alisa Craig and Alex Martin represented STEMania at the STEM Fair Expo.

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