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Goodland student advances to state science fair

Special to The Hays Daily News

Amber Perdew, Goodland, was one of 24 Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science students at Fort Hays State University to win an award at the fifth annual Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Her sending high school is Goodland High School.

Perdew's project, "Aerosol Concentration in Relation to Monthly Precipitation in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania: July 2001 to June 2002," received a gold award.

Projects submitted ranged from the correlation between climatic factors and the malaria rate in Ghana to the effects of drought on Kansas turf grasses.

Projects were submitted as posters accompanied with oral presentations and question sections.

FHSU's regional fair, one of nine in the state, covers 23 counties in northwest Kansas. Ann Noble, director of the FHSU Regional Science and Engineering Fair, said the 2013 fair had 104 contestants from 11 schools.

From the FHSU region, she said, Gold Award winners go to the state fair, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Century II in Wichita.

Two projects will be selected at the state fair to attend the national science and engineering fair from May 12 to 17 in Phoenix. The Kansas fairs are affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

The regional fairs are judged by volunteers, including teachers, community members and students.

"I so appreciate the judges who volunteer a Saturday morning to do this," Noble said. "Without them, we couldn't do it."