At Vancouver science fair students tackle realworld problems

first_imgThought pieces tell us Generation Z will change the world. Local science fairs can give us clues as to how they’ll do it.Saturday several dozen students competed in the SW Washington Science and Engineering Fair at Skyview High School. The greatest number of projects fell under the earth and environmental science category.Retired technology teacher Jeff Genest helped judge the competition and noted that many projects looked at what to do with waste plastic with one display pointing to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.Students looked at reusing plastic bags to make filament for 3D printers while another project looked into putting plastic mesh into drywall to make it stronger. Another project looked at alternatives to corn as sources for ethanol, such as sorghum, amaranth and spelt.“They’ve really thought really intelligently about their topics and so many of them are relevant,” said Genest, who used to work at Skyview.last_img read more