Oklahoma City middle school students bond over science fair projects

Jackson Middle School students showcased their projects at the science fair on Wednesday.
by Nasreen Iqbal Modified: December 4, 2013 at 8:51 pm •  Published: December 5, 2013

Filled with excitement, Jackson Middle School students shared their science fair projects in the school cafeteria on Wednesday — budding young scientists bonding over their latest discoveries.

More than 600 students in grades six through eight participated in the schoolwide science fair, which showcased the top 60 finalists and their projects.

“We didn't expect this,” Perla Barraza, 13, said of her group's project winning second place in the eighth-grade category. “We didn't think we'd make it this far.”

Barraza's face lit up as she held her blue and gold trophy next to her group's project poster. The all-girl group's experiment was to determine which toilet paper brand is strongest. They tested Charmin Ultra, Angel Soft and the school's generic brand, which they admitted to having a personal bias against.

“It just drives us crazy,” Barraza said. She said she and her science fair mates wish the school would switch to Charmin and even discussed the matter with their principal.

“We didn't have much power to change it before but now that we have the evidence it might work,” said Barraza's teammate, Iliana Villanueva, 13.

Charmin Ultra was deemed the strongest after it beat the other brands by holding 30 grams of plastic without breaking.

An electric idea wins

by Nasreen Iqbal
Nasreen Iqbal is a graduate of the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas. She writes about news and events that occur within the Oklahoma City Metropolitan area.
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