Humboldt County students win at state science fair

Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Ferndale High School senior Tyler Regli brought back an honorable mention in the senior division from the California State Science Fair held last month in Los Angeles. He also received a special award from the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. That award consists of a certificate and a one-year membership to AIAA.

Regli's project was called "Fuel Engine Turbo Jet, Original Blade Design." Regli built and tested a more efficient fan blade for powering a jet engine. "I have studied various designs of jet engines, specifically Turbofans," Regli said in his project description. "Turbofan blades are rather simple in design; however, the efficiency could be increased."

Regli used AutoDesk Inventor (a CAD program) to design a traditional fan blade and his design for a new and what turned out to be more efficient fan blade.

Three other Humboldt County students received awards at the State Science Fair: Aidan Meyer and Milo Weller won first place for their project "Constant Distraction: Effects of Texting on Reading Comprehension," and Kai Narum won second place for his project "Pay More Attention to Bioretention: Effectiveness of Filtration Media for Removal of Pollutants from Stormwater."

Meyer and Weller are seventh-graders at Pacific Union School in Arcata. With their project they found that receiving texts (even without replying to them) while doing homework had a negative impact.

"Students who want good grades and more free time should turn off and put away their phones while doing homework," the two said in their project description. They also noted that these test results apply to everyone and added, "If you want to do better work in a shorter amount of time, put down your phone."

Narum is an eighth-grader at Jacoby Creek School in Bayside. He used layers of different materials including coarse gravel, pea gravel, sand, clay, tire-derived aggregate, and crab shells to filter pollutants from stormwater. This was Narum's third trip to the state science fair and his third award from the competition.

As a result of winning first and second place awards, Meyer, Weller, and Narum may apply to compete in the national competition.

"As Humboldt County Science Fair coordinator, I am very pleased with the amazing accomplishments of our state science team," Melody McGuire said. Fifteen Humboldt County students representing 14 projects attended the state science fair.

"Four of our students received top honors for their projects while competing against more than 1,000 of the best state projects," McGuire said. "I'd like to congratulate all students for a job well done."

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Jacoby Creek eighth-grader Kai Narum won second place in the junior division of environmental engineering at the California State Science Fair.