EATON — Three local students presented state-recognized science projects which received “Superior” and “Excellent” ratings during the state science fair to the Preble County Commissioners on Wednesday, July 22.
Ryan Bassler, Jacob Dellinger, and Brooke Dalton presented two projects which were recognized at the state level.
Brook Dalton presented commissioners with her project called “Making a Point.” It was a project meant to find which grade of arrow grain provided the best option for deer hunting.
Dalton explained to commissioners her project which tested the amount of penetration different types of arrows achieved when shooting a deer target over three different distances.
Dalton tested the penetration depth of arrows ranging from 125 to 75 grain, using a compound bow. She determined the 75 grain arrows provided the best penetration at two of three tested distances.
Afterward, the 12-year-old Dalton said the project was an easy choice of subject because she and her father hunt together and bow hunting was something they enjoy doing together outside of science.
Dalton, who received a “Superior” score at the state level of competition, said the best part about going to state was seeing other successful projects.
“It was fun because you got to talk to all the different kinds of judges, and to talk to other people about their projects, and they explained their projects to you so it gave me a lot of ideas for projects to do,” she said.
Ryan Bassler and Jacob Denlinger presented their project which tried to determine whether or not the performance of more expensive golf balls was better than less expensive golf balls.
Denlinger explained the two created a mechanism to hit golf balls at the same speed using the same driver. He said it took the two a while to come up with a design to use to hit the balls, but once they did they had it built in a day.
The two measured five different kinds of golf balls by precision, accuracy and distance. They averaged the five brands over a series of tests by hitting the balls and averaging the results.
The two freshmen scored an “Excellent” at the state level for project which determined buying more expensive golf balls would help performance of your game but not by very much for average golfers.
Bassler told commissioners, “Our conclusion was the more expensive balls were better,” but he warned maybe not worth the extra money for causal golfers saying, “but if you’re not going golfing very much the less are expensive are better because it’s not that big of difference and you’ll lose lots of golf balls.”
Denlinger said afterward: “We both like sports a lot so we wanted to do something we both enjoyed. We came across this project and the light bulb went off in our heads.”
Denlinger also told commissioners one of the highlights of going to state was seeing other students and their achievements in the field of science, including a student who stimulated the brains of cockroaches for his project.
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