Fifth grade scientists win awards

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Woodland Intermediate School made its debut showing at the Intel Northwest Science Expo -- and reeled in two awards!

Isabella Mattison received an honorable mention in Environmental Science for her study on the correlation of pH, nitrites and temperature on the quality of Horseshoe Lake.

Lucas Smith received one of three Outstanding Science or Engineering Projects sponsored by the U.S. Air Force for a project that correlated the size of parachutes to their drop time.

The students, participants in the Highly Capable program taught by Shar and Tim Brown, spent the second trimester working on their projects with adult mentors, most of whom were from the Woodland community or School District staff. They included an airline pilot, a nutritionist, a computer technologist, water quality experts and a smokejumper.

The Expo competition at Portland State University involved 435 science research projects judged by more than 150 science professionals.

Four other WIS students also competed: Casey Logan in the category of Consumer Product Testing; Lacey Millerjord in Medicine and Health; Cole Logan in Physics: Electromagnets; and Daniel Trice in Engineering.

Congratulations to these young scientists!