February 1, 2013
Winning projects study everything from distracted driving to golf balls
Blinn College awarded $375 in book scholarships to five Brenham High School students in support of the high school’s annual science fair.
Blinn science faculty members helped to judge the competition.
“Our Natural Sciences Department presents these awards to encourage young people to consider the field of science for a lifelong career,” said Dr. Greg Phillips, assistant natural sciences division chair.
Dalton Broesche and Brooke Pittman won a $100 cash prize that was anonymously donated for their project on quantum computing.
Blinn awarded Ashley Fite a $150 book scholarship after her project, “The Communication Distractions of Driving,” was the runner-up best of show. Fite’s project used a computer simulation to compare the driver’s alertness while speaking on the phone, text messaging and without distraction.
Alexis Boothe and Olivia Howk received a $125 scholarship for their third-place project, “Tensile Strength of Hair.” Their project studied various hair samples to see if applying different percentages of hair dye or peroxides reduced the hair’s tensile strength.
Will McElreath and Christopher Holle each received $50 book scholarships after their projects tied for fourth place overall. McElreath’s project, “Distance vs. Bounce,” looked to see if there was a relationship between the bounce height of a golf ball to its distance traveled when struck by a golf club.
Holle’s project was titled, “Does Color Affect Clay’s Water Drainage?”
BHS students entered 45 projects into the competition.
PHOTO – Brenham High School students (from left) Christopher Holle, Will McElreath, Alexis Boothe, Olivia Howk and Ashley Fite were each awarded Blinn College book scholarships after placing at the BHS science fair recently.