First place!

Karson Skinner presents his regional science fair project entitled “Coolest Birdhouse”. He placed first in the third grade physical science division.

Eight students from Fulton Learning Center (FLC) competed virtually at the 33rd annual Coastal Bend Regional Science Fair (CBRSF) Friday and Saturday, April 23-24 at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (TAMUCC). The event was sponsored by Valero Energy and TAMUCC.

Eleven counties from the Coastal Bend were eligible to compete. 25 school districts and charter schools registered projects and more than 200 students competed in the elementary division.

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

FLC 3rd grader Karson Skinner placed first in the 3rd grade physical science division. He submitted a project entitled “Coolest Birdhouse”. The problem he tested was, “Which roof material on a birdhouse keeps the inside the coolest?”

He built and tested three types of roofing materials on birdhouses: shingles, wood, and Styrofoam. On average, the wood roof kept the inside of the birdhouse the coolest over five days of testing. He summarized his results best by stating, “The wood roof would be better to use in the summer because it kept the birdhouse the coolest. The shingle roof would be best to use in the winter because it kept the birdhouse the warmest.”

Other students from FLC competing at the CBRSF but not placing included 3rd grader Ella Buckley; 4th graders Diego Alvear, Ginger Carpenter, and Nahla Gandy; and 5th graders Kinslee Burton, Riley Waggoner, and Aubree Morales.

We are so proud of all of the students and their families for working so hard to advance to such a high level of competition,” said FLC science lab instructor Martha McLeod.

All students who competed in the CBRSF will be rewarded with a trip to Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

The science fair program at FLC is sponsored by McLeod.

For more information on the CBRSF, visit

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