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Students, who recently participated in the Darton College regional science fair and took home a variety of awards, work on a prototype for a hovercraft as Vance Hurst, their science teacher, looks on. From the left is Rich Tyndall, Spencer Wilson, Stephen Bozeman and K.C. Edwards. At the end of this month, the students will compete in Athens, Ga., at the state science and engineering fair.

Spencer Wilson, a senior at Colquitt County High School, is heading to the International Science Fair and Engineering Fair for a second time. The event will be held in Las Angeles, Calif., May 8-13.

He along with other classmates competed in the Darton College 39th Annual Regional Science Fair last month, in which seven CCHS students took first places in their categories.

“They did really well. There was a lot of work that went into it and they really shined at the science fair,” said Vance Hurst, science teacher at Colquitt County High School.

The students and the category they won include Everly Perryman with a “Heat and Cotton Seed” project in plant sciences; John Barber with a “Liquid Biofuel from Pueriana Montana Utilizing the Fischer-Tropsch Process” project in engineering; Jessie Hester with a “Making a Reusable and Durable Diaper Insert” project in engineering;  Kyle Edwards with at “Using Three Phase Alternation” project in engineering; Stephen Bozeman with an “Organic Removal of Lead from Water” project in environmental management; Rich Tyndall with a “Reaction of Plants to Increased CO2 Levels” project in environmental science; and Spencer Wilson with a “Construction of a Feasible Einstein Szilard Absorption Refrigeration System” project in engineering.

Wilson said he got the idea for his project as he was looking through old patents. It is a refrigeration system that will run on any heat source — instead of electricity.

“It’s neat to bring an 80-year old patent back to life because nobody’s ever built a working prototype before. The patent’s expired and nobody’s ever really done anything with it,” he said.

He said he was looking at the system in what it could do for developing countries because it could use solar energy or fire to make it work.

“All it needs is heat,” he said.

He said he wants to build several prototypes from now until the fair in Los Angeles and test different forms of renewable heat sources.

 In two weeks, the 63rd Georgia Science and Engineering Fair will be held in Athens, Ga., said Hurst, and six of the students will be participating in that competition.


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