District youth compete in the first Homeschool Science Fair | Copperas Cove Herald

Cosima Bardwell said the idea for her entry at the first-ever Cen-Tex Homeschool fair at Copperas Cove Public Library arose from an issue she had been worried about for a long time.

“I’ve always wanted to do something to save trees,” said the 11-year-old, reviewing her project “Save the Trees”, which took third place in her age category. “I kind of thought of something I could do to save the trees.

“Trees are made of paper, paper towels and toilet paper, so if we reduce the use of trees to make paper, maybe people will stop cutting trees. If people stop cutting trees, it will also save endangered animals.”

More than a dozen young people took part in last Saturday’s fair, which was the brainchild of Stacey Marston, director of Cen-Tex Homeschool Event Planning, a start-up nonprofit group made up of stay-at-home moms. The science fair was the first of what she hoped would become a series of similar events for the area’s homeschooling children.

“I just wanted to create a few extra things for the homeschooling kids so they wouldn’t get out of (public) school,” Marston said. “I think it’s great. I’m excited. There will be more events to come in the future.”

Among the grand prize winners for this event are:

5 to 7 years old: Ava McDaniel, 1st; Elizabeth Hallam, II; Aaron Roman, 3.

From 8 to 10 years: Alia Roman, 1st; Summer Cortez, 2; Kristen Torres-Smith, third.

11 years and older: Isabel Ramos I; Lake Isaiah, ii; Cosima Bardwell, 3.

Marston’s 11-year-old son is one of nearly four million children reported to be homeschooled across the United States. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 3.3% of K-12 children are now homeschooled.

Other award-winning entries include Roman Mechanism’s “Save the Orangutans.” Studies have shown that 100 years ago, there were thought to be more than 230,000 orangutans in existence. Now, the Bornean species are estimated at 104,700, and the Sumatran diversity is estimated at 7,500. Another species, Tapanuli, has about 800, making it the most endangered species of all the great apes, which includes the bonobos (also known as pygmy chimpanzees) and gorillas And orangutans, chimpanzees and humans.

“The orangutan is very endangered,” said Family, who regards math and science as her favorite subjects. “I did this project because I wanted to save my favorite animal from extinction in the wild. It’s my favorite because I love climbing; they love climbing. I have red hair; they have red hair.”

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: