The entire science department at Lower Richland High School is just ecstatic and very proud. Here’s why: On Friday, February 12, three of their biology students had the honor of presenting their research at the 49th Annual (Virtual) South Carolina Department of Defense Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. The prestigious science competition among students across the state is a collaborative joint effort among the research offices of the US Departments of the Air Force, the Army, and the Navy, the National Science Teachers Association and the University of South Carolina.
Lower Richland student AllenDave Cabanayan presented his research on the science behind gaming and his findings were that people are more drawn to games due to visual appeal and continuous updates. Anala Nelson, a Lower Richland varsity basketball player, was intrigued by the impact of height on lung capacity. Her research concluded that there was no significant difference among persons of different heights and their ability to breathe or ventilate. Antonia Belton’s research topic, “Hot and Spicy Acid,” showed the harmful effects of eating Takis, a popular spicy snack among school-aged students.
“This competition was an outstanding opportunity for our students,” said Lower Richland Principal Dr. Ericka Hursey. “It underscores the success of Lower Richland’s STEM initiative and our students’ desires to pursue STEM careers. I’m very proud of our students, as well as their teachers Dale Jacobs and Dr. Kari Ann Bitgue.”