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110 projects were on display in the Tiger Gymnasium at San Jacinto High School on March 2, for the annual San Jacinto Unified School District Science Fair.

■ By Corey Evan / Reporter

Science: A collection of human research, which fuels the way we as a society live, work and play. San Jacinto Unified School District’s Science Fair was our children’s chance to show their grownup counterparts the bits they missed in the lab.
All 11 schools in the district took part in this year’s fair, grades 4-12 taking part, as is tradition. Each school sent 10 finalists from their own science fairs to the District’s fair. That’s 110 projects that lived to see the light of day, and possibly win a blue ribbon! But before this becomes a math lesson…
District spokeswoman and fair coordinator Angela Wolf says San Jacinto has a history of top winners going to regional competitions and beyond: “Two years ago, not only did we have county contenders…two of our projects moved on to the state-level competition.” In short, she warns the state to look out!
Among dignitaries present at this year’s fair were District Superintendent Diana Perez, and officials from each of the San Jacinto schools.
Stand-out students in this year’s fair included:
Faith McNeely of SJHS told us why she feels expectant mothers should forego Friday nights at the fish shack: “What captured my interest was fish because my brothers and sisters are all ADHD or ADD. I started looking into things my mom ate when she was pregnant, and most of it was fish.” Having lucked out and not gotten either of these disorders, Faith went on to say that not only can sea critters be contaminated with mercury, but whether wild caught or farmed can actually contain parasites. So much for healthy dining…

Photo by Corey Evan/The Valley Chronicle
Karla Garcia experimented with WIFI routers and found what common item diminishes its signal.

From San Jacinto Leadership Academy, Karla Garcia demonstrated how storing a moving box in front of your wireless router is actually killing your WiFi signal. If you thought putting pots and pans in front of it was bad, think again.
Ellie Morgan of San Jacinto High tells us how the deletion of chromosome 1P36 from a kid’s DNA explains some of their trouble talking: “1P36 Deletion Syndrome is when the tip of someone’s first chromosome is missing. It affects how they communicate and also affects facial features…I found that a lot of behavioral therapists were wrong in thinking that children have self-injurious behaviors when they struggle with communication.”
Siniah McWright of San Jacinto Leadership Academy experimented with a horizontal design for windmills. She thought deriving electricity from a horizontal windmill would churn out more power, “But my hypothesis was incorrect. It turns out… the vertical produces more than the horizontal.”
Thea Adriatico showed us that not only are fruit and vegetables really good for the mind and body, but also for the artist’s soul: She says while spinach, kale and radishes produce plenty of green and yellow pigmentation, red chard and beets are best for those rich reds! Imagine that, your pantry also serves as an art supply store.
And Jill Scott of SJHS had a lot of fun growing succulents! “They’re very hearty plants; they can grow almost anywhere and in any kind of soil.”
A total of 10 students are off to the Riverside County Science Fair and looking to take state. The rest are headed back to the drawing board to figure out what they missed. But after this fair, we have new knowledge, including but not limited to:
We now know what to use instead of going to craft stores when artistic inspiration strikes.
We can figure out which restaurants to skip on Mother’s Day.
As we upgrade our wireless tech, we can expect a new warning label at Best Buy in future years: ‘Do NOT store cardboard boxes near your router!’
Perhaps the Coachella Valley will see more efficient windmill designs in the future.
And as we learn more about how human bodies work, future medical students will never look at pediatrics the same again.
That’s good stuff to know…

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