TROY — Colors can have a big impact on memory, according to Lauren Zawski, Troy High School student, as she presented the findings of her Science Day project to Troy Rotarians during their meeting on March 8. Her classmate, Megan Meyers, shared results of another project concerning the association between wind strength and dust particulate matter.
This was the third year for the event, and it drew more than 100 students from Troy High School, Tipp City L.T. Ball Intermediate, Tippecanoe Middle and High schools, Piqua High School, Miami East High School, Bethel Middle School, Newton Middle School and Milton-Union Middle School. The annual Science Day program offers students a venue that promotes the development of creative thinking, research and writing skills and career motivation toward the sciences, all in one program. The completion of individual, self-directed student research that follows scientific practices is considered the definitive way to create, encourage, and educate future researchers in the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Both Zawski and Meyers received superior ratings for their projects at the local and district competitions held in February. Students who received superior ratings at district can compete at the state contest held at The Ohio State University in May.
Zawski and Meyers, accompanied by their faculty adviser, Dr. Martin English, explained more about the overall findings of their work. The color blue had the least effect on one’s memory, according to Zawski’s results, whereas white inhibited memory more often. Meyers learned that, when it comes to wind and dust particulate matter, the amount of settled particulate is as important as wind speed in determining the amount of particulate matter that becomes airborne. In appreciation of their dedication and focus on science, the Troy Rotary Foundation donated funds towards the 2016 Science Day program. For more information on Science Day activities, visit www.ohioumvsd.com
Troy Rotarians, and the Troy Rotary Foundation, support several community projects annually. In 2014-15, more than $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund
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