Science Fair entry

Benji Hale and FLC science teacher Martha McLeod stand behind Hale’s CBRSF presentation titled “What-A-Birder”.

Six students from Fulton Learning Center virtually participated in the 34th annual Coastal Bend Regional Science Fair (CBRSF) Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23 at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.

Eleven counties from the Coastal Bend area were eligible to compete. Twenty-five school districts and charter schools registered projects with more than 200 students competing in the elementary division.

Students could enter a project in one of two categories: Life and Health Science, or Physical and Engineering Science.

FLC third grade student Benjamin Hale placed second in the 3rd grade Life and Health Science division.

Hale submitted a project entitled “What-A-Birder”.

The problem he tested was, “Which feeder type and bird food will attract birds the most?” He tested a suet feeder, a Squirrel Be Gone Max feeder, and a Squirrel X feeder. His hypothesis was that the Squirrel X feeder would attract the highest number of birds, and it did. Bird species seen at his feeders included titmice, doves, and wrens.

After completing this project, Hale made three recommendations: buying seed feeders rather than suet feeders; bringing feeders in during a storm since birds do not feed actively during storms; and, he highly recommends the Squirrel X feeder.

FLC fourth grade students Cameron Grimes, Matilde Singleterry, and Karson Skinner; along with FLC fifth grade students Diego Alvear and Ryan McDowell, also participated in the CBRSF but didn’t place.

All six students will receive a treat gift card and a field trip to the Natural Bridge Caverns in May.

For more information about the CBRSF, visit http://sciencefair.tamucc.edu/index.html.

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