Students present STEM projects at expo

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — More than 300 students packed the Augusta Expo Events Center on Tuesday for the fourth annual Augusta County STEM Expo.

The students, all from Augusta County's four middle schools, displayed their competitive projects, which fell under six categories: Invention, Reverse Engineering, Robotics and Computer Science, Rube Goldberg, Scientific Inquiry, and Environment and Agriculture.

David Ilunga, a participant in the expo, tested an age old theory for his STEM project.

"Our project is about testing the five-second rule," said Ilunga. "We were wondering, like, how bacteria grows."

While participating in the expo is not mandatory, some teachers gave students time in class to work on them. Ilunga said his teacher helped to supply equipment for a successful project.

"We needed to get petri dishes, we needed q-tips, we needed strawberries, and also a timer to do this project," said Ilang.

A panel of judges picked first, second, and third place winners from each grade for each category. Prizes were donated by local businesses and organizations.