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DCS STEAMA Fair Showcases Student Talent and Innovation



DCS STEAMA Fair Showcases Student Talent and Innovation 

Record Number of 74 projects showcased at DCS STEAMA Fair

On January 31 Duplin County Schools hosted the 2019-2020 STEAMA Fair. Students in 3rd thru 12th grade showcased projects using experimentation through the engineering and design process.  Beginning with their specific school-based Science Fair competitions, students were asked to think about the various pillars of STEAMA in their design process. From those competitions, students advanced to the district level STEAMA Fair. 

This year there were 74 projects on display representing each school in the district. Teachers and community members judged projects in 3 divisions representing elementary, middle and high school. 2 projects from each division received awards for excellence, distinguished and merit. Winners will be invited to participate in the Regional Science and Engineering Fair at UNC-Wilmington on February 15th with an opportunity to advance to the state level. 

Nicole Murray, Senior Administrator for STEAMA Curriculum and Instruction/PD, shared “The District STEAMA Fair is a way to encourage students to pursue individual research in an area that peaks their interests and talents. They are able to pose questions and work towards answers as well as identify problems and discover solutions with an opportunity to be recognized for their hard work.”

New to this year’s event was a STEAMA Fair Logo contest. Art students across the district participated in the contest for an opportunity to create the logo that would represent this year’s STEAMA Fair. The winning logo, displayed at this year’s event was created by LaeSea Arnett, 6th-grade student at Kenansville Elementary School.

Mr. Cary Powers, Assistant Superintendent of Federal Programs, Exceptional Children, Student Support and Athletics shared, "I am so excited that a student has designed our STEAMA Fair logo. It is not only an example of the integration of the arts into the general curriculum but also demonstrates the possibility of a future career for students in art and graphic design."

Reinstated in 2015 the Science and Engineering Fair included student projects from 5th-8th grade. Since then, it has expanded to include 3rd-12th grade to align with regional and state recognition. This year, named DCS STEAMA Fair, the broader range of grade-level entries showcased more innovative projects and student talent at the district level.

Congratulations to all Duplin County Schools STEAMA Fair participants!


The Division Winners are listed below:


Projects of MERIT (3rd Place)

Elementary Division

Gummy Bear Experiment                                Epic Chemical Inflation

Arianna Faison, Evageline Tomas                     Jevarie Williams  Keshawn Smith

Asusena Dela Riva                                          Warsaw Elementary School     

Warsaw Elementary School                              


Junior Division

Some Like it Hot                                         Ocean Acidification

Kennedy Jones                                            Lesly Rivera-Delfino,Brittney Funez, Taekwon Wright

Beulaville Elementary School                        Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary School


How Does Weight Affect the Airplane?

Eduardo Gonzalez Yanez

Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary School


Senior Division

Classroom Buddies                                             Beowulf Comic Book

Emma Baker, Kellen Griffin, Allison Higgins          Angela Boone, Jewel Brown, Gracie Chestnutt,

Wallace-Rose Hill High School                             Malaysia Kenan

                                                                        James Kenan High School

Ag Mural

Jacqueline Rivera

James Kenan High School


Projects of DISTINCTION (2nd Place)

Elementary Division

Dirty Decomposition                                                              First in Flight

Jonathan Robinson                                                                 Brody Berry

Rose Hill-Magnolia Elementary School                                      Kenansville Elementary School


Junior Division

Where is the C?                                                                       Is Mint Really Cool?

Beaty Brown, Mazilyn Kennedy                                                  Ben Bullard

Beulaville Elementary School                                                     North Duplin Jr/Sr High School


Senior Division

Flaming Flavors: Testing the Combustible Qualities of Chips      Produce Predators

Cage Bullard                                                                         Amanda Cole, Aubrey Cole,

North Duplin Jr/Sr High School                                                Stephanie Robles                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Wallace-Rose Hill High School

Projects of EXCELLENCE (1st Place)

Elementary Division

Will it Float?                                                                               Cupcake Conundrum

Everett Miller                                                                              Zoe Thigpen

Beulaville Elementary School                                                        Beulaville Elementary School


Junior Division

Unseen Enemy                                                                             Not For Human Consumption

Gabriel Faulkner, Daniel Jones                                                       Tegan Modsen

Beulaville Elementary School                                                          Beulaville Elementary School


Senior Division

Restoring Vanity                                                                           Agri-Bot

Nyasia Kenan, Zaniya Simmons                                                     Daniel Sanchez

Duplin Early College High School                                                    Wallace-Rose Hill High School