By Branden Ferguson, Multimedia Video Journalist - bio | email
ADA, OHIO -
A report by Harvard University found that U.S. students rank 25th in math scores and 17th in science, falling behind countries such as China, Japan and Germany. One event that may turn the tide, District Science day, allowing high school students to showcase their science, math and engineering skills.
Ohio Northern University hosting District 6 Science Day, inviting 120 students from the ten surrounding counties to present their research projects for a chance to go to state. 16-year old Max Miller is a sophomore at Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio. Miller studied the effects of heat on the current output of a solar panel. For Miller, the opportunity to learn and compete is exciting.
With the United States falling behind other countries in Science and Math, Dr. Nancy Woodley believes a focus should be put on STEM learning, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Science fairs are just one way to do that.
Teachers and principals were in attendance as well, some of whom even judging the various projects. Scott Ketner is the principal at Ottawa Glandorf, and enjoys seeing a passion for science and math within his students.
44 possible finalists will be selected to move on to the state science competition, scheduled for May 11th.