Umatilla Middle student wins top honors for state science fair
TAVARES – Alexandra “Lexie” Clow, a 7th grade student at Umatilla Middle School, won top honors in the recent State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida for a device she created to help keep children from dying, forgotten in hot cars.
She won 1st place in the Junior division for the Engineering category; a $250 cash award from the Florida Engineering Foundation; the $500 cash Dr. Neilson Ying Scholars Grand Award; certificate and nomination packet from Broadcom Masters, and Best in Fair for the Junior Division in Physical Science!
More than 900 students participated in the three-day event at the R. P. Funding Center in Lakeland on March 26-28. Participants had previously won at the local and regional levels.
Lexie’s project, “Forgotten Baby Syndrome – Year 2,” focused on Pediatric Vehicular Heatstroke, which claims the lives of about 40 children every year when they are left behind in hot cars. Last year, she engineered a device to decrease the occurrence of these types of deaths and earned 3rd place in the statewide competition. The device detects weight in a baby car seat and ambient temperature, then sets off an alarm if a child may have been left behind in a hot car.
She continued her research for this year’s fair, and is now seeking a patent for the device she created. She has started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the fees.
We had 11 students from Lake County represent us at the state Science Fair. They are:
- Alexandria Clow, "Forgotten Baby Syndrome - Year 2," Umatilla Middle School
- Victoria Usrey, "Vroom, Beep, Whirr! VEX-IQ," Windy Hill Middle School
- Sophia Boardman, "Rockin' Guitar Strings," Imagine Charter School
- Ryan Sanders, "Blocking RFID Signals," Imagine Charter School
- Claire Classon, "Engineering Efficient Compost Irrigation," Montessori of Roseborough
- Brooke Buchanan, "Are We Walking on Star Dust?" Gray Middle School
- Anneke Dykhouse and Emily Busto, "Chemotxis in Phyarsum," East Ridge High School
- Cole Kainz, "What Type of Wing Design Produces the Least Drag?" Mount Dora Christian Academy
- Bryce Buchanan, "How Does the Environment Affect Planarian Regeneration," South Lake High School
- Thalia Mullen, "Wave Hello to New Power," Mount Dora Christian Academy
The following students won awards:
- $50 cash award and certificate from Pasco Regional Science Fair
- Nomination for ½ tuition for Florida Institute of Technology
- Honorable Mention in Engineering
- 4th Place in Environmental
- Certificate of Achievement from the Association of Women Geoscientists
- 4th Place in Environmental Engineering
- Medallion and certificate from the office of Naval research
- $25 cash award from Indian
- $250 cash award from Florida Engineering Foundation
- $500 cash award for Ying Scholar Grand Awards
- Certificate and Nomination packet for Broadcom Masters
- 1st Place in Engineering
- Grand Award Winner for Junior Division