McDONOUGH — Students took part in a day of scientific exploration recently at Flippen Elementary, the host site of Henry County Schools’ first Elementary Science Fair.

The kids stayed busy Saturday participating in games and activities related to science, technology, engineering and math at one end of the school as their science projects were critiqued and scrutinized elsewhere.

Kaneice Bembry, the district’s science coordinator, said the day-long science fair succeeded in encouraging students to continue to pursue STEM learning.

Bembry said the fair encompassed winners from 15 area schools — those who have already conducted their school-level science competition.

The idea came when she and other officials met with elementary school science department chairs who wanted to go beyond the year-to-year school-level science contests.

Bembry said elementary schools, unlike middle schools and high schools, do not have regional and state competitions.

Groups of elementary school students gathered inside classrooms at Flippen Elementary and took part in science experiments and games while their high school counterparts — teens who have placed high in regional, state and international competition — judged their works.

Dutchtown High seniors Minhaj Shujauddin and Heena Shujauddin, twin siblings bound for elite Atlanta-based STEM universities, joined fellow judges Craig Worley and Jessica Moore who have placed high in international STEM competition. Worley placed second in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, while Moore claimed a fourth-place finish in the contest.

Bembry said she believes hosting a district-wide elementary science fair will effectively showcase young talent and motivate them to continue on in STEM subjects.

She pointed to the activities of the day designed to strengthen students’ scientific research and engineering skills as they have fun playing games with students from across the county with similar interests.

“We want to make sure that parents are aware of the opportunities available to their students as far as science is concerned,” said Bembry. “They should know that STEM will drive the economy and our future.”

Learn more about STEM education and the role of personalized learning in teaching STEM at the district’s website,

Henry County Schools Regional Elementary Science Fair

First Place

• Parker Avery of Dutchtown Elementary

• India Crowe of Dutchtown Elementary

• David Studstill of Hampton Charter Elementary

• Reagan Studstill of Hampton Charter Elementary

• Kellton Brown of Red Oak Elementary

• Jyra Walker of Rocky Creek Elementary

• Deonne Gladden of Smith-Barnes Elementary

• Ethan Miles of Tussahaw Elementary

• Whitney Block of Woodland Elementary

• Lily Rogers of Woodland Elementary

• Ilysa Wilson of Woodland Elementary

Second Place

• Daynejia Atkins of Fairview Elementary

• Emily Patterson of Flippen Elementary

• Eres David of Flippen Elementary

• Caleb Robinson of Flippen Elementary

• Karly Nation of Locust Grove Elementary

• Raul Ramos of New Hope Elementary

• Eliza Erickson of Oakland Elementary

• Gabrielle DeLeeuw of Pleasant Grove Elementary

• Luke Teater of Woodland Elementary

Third Place

• Cori Duvall of Dutchtown Elementary

• Moses Barnes of Flippen Elementary

• Cara Bodie of Hampton Charter Elementary

• Jordan Barrera of Locust Grove Elementary

• Josiah James of New Hope Elementary

• Nyla Gordan-Grant of Oakland Elementary

• Kori Jones of Oakland Elementary

• Ansley Harvey of Ola Elementary

• Frankie Pepe of Ola Elementary

• Summaya Morris of Red Oak Elementary

• Mahi Patel of Red Oak Elementary

• Alessandra Erazo of Smith-Barnes Elementary

• Ethan Bellflower of Timber Ridge Elementary

• Maeli Brown of Timber Ridge Elementary

• Lenelle Lavinier of Timber Ridge Elementary

• Jeremiah Mallory of Timber Ridge Elementary

• Joseph Price of Timber Ridge Elementary

• Anaia Claxton of Tussahaw Elementary

• Rachel Watson of Tussahaw Elementary

Source: Henry County Schools

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