Students To Display Science, Technology Prowess

Tonight At County Library


Last updated 1/29/2020 at 4:39pm

Student Lindsey Reece and Brevard Middle School teacher Justin Ausburn discuss the underlying computer code running a project at a recent TCS Science and Tech Expo. (Photo courtesy of Transylvania County Schools)

Children and adults of all ages are invited to the Science & Technology Expo Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Rogow Room in the Transylvania County Library.

Light refreshments and a heavy dose of science and technology will be in store for everyone.

Members of the TIME Science Research Program, and TCS elementary and middle school students, will present science fair projects before they move on to regional and state competitions.

Each year, student-led TIME projects advance knowledge about Western North Carolina, as well as the fields of vector-borne disease, biochemistry, space technology and more. This evening is an important opportunity for anyone who wants to know the state of local schools by speaking with young scientists.

Brevard Middle School technology and design students will feature an indoor drone demonstration, applying their skills in coding and machine learning for advanced applications.

In addition, digital learning specialists will demonstrate tools that teachers and students use to prepare for the future of school and work. These include virtual reality headsets to transport classes across the world, into space, or to the center of a cell, and rovers and robots used to teach coding and critical thinking.

Brevard and Rosman Elementary staff and students will demonstrate technology tools they use from BeeBots to Sphero Bolts, and T.C. Henderson School of Science and Technology will lead STEM activities and demonstrate their robotics skills.

Finally, PARI (Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute), a valuable learning partner of Transylvania County Schools, will share information about Learning Center 2020, summer camps, and more.

Here are some of the science projects being presented by TIME students:

•Antimicrobial Activity of Microorganisms Isolated from Western North Carolina Mushrooms

•An Evaluation of Utilizing Nitrifying Bacteria in Conjunction with Martian Resources to Enable Hydroponic Growth

•Evaluation of the Role of Cryptochromes in Culex quinquefasciatus Magneto-reception

•Evaluating the Efficiency of Using Martian Materials as Fuel to Reach Martian Orbit

•Developing Computational Models Using Deep Learning Softwares To Identify Individuals Within The Eastern Spotted Skunk Species

•The Effectiveness of a 3D Printed Hydrogel to Sustain Algal Growth

•Characterization of Pigments Extracted from Southern Appalachian Mushrooms as Sensitizers in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

•Different Anodes Effects' on Biofilm Formation of Local Photosynthetic Micro-organisms in Biophotovoltaic Cells

In the past year, a record-high four TIME projects were invited to compete at both major national and international competitions - the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAs).

Of 15 North Carolina students attending AAAS in winter 2020, seven are from TIME and Brevard High School. Learn more about TIME online at


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