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Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon Correspondent

Several of this year's Humboldt County Science Fair winners gathered recently to talk about their projects and get themselves ready to attend the California State Fair Competition later this month.

For Jacoby Creek eighth grader Kai Narum, this will be his third trip to the state competition. “It's a great experience,” he said, “and you get to meet a lot of smart kids.” His project is titled “Pay More Attention to Bioretention,” and it tested the removal of pollutants from stormwater by filtering through several materials including gravel, sand and a mixture including crab shells. Narum said he is considering a career in environmental engineering, if it doesn't interfere with his main interest, which is playing professional soccer.

Fiona Koval is an eighth grader at McKinleyville Middle School and her project is titled “Blind Navigation: Getting from Point A to Point B.” Her project was testing what would best help someone with vision limitations, travel in a straight line. Koval is also looking forward to attending the State Competition and participating in the other activities planned, including a visit to Disneyland, seeing the Space Shuttle Endeavor, and going to an Aquarium.

Fourteen Humboldt County students will travel to Los Angeles for the California State Science Fair Competition on April 15 and April 16.

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Jacoby Creek eighth grader Kai Narum will make his third trip to the California State Science fair Competition this year. His project is titled “Pay More Attention to Bioretention.”