Science fairs across Ohio were another casualty of the COVID-19 virus. Fortunately, the organizers at Ohio Academy of Science were able to take the process online. Students submitted their projects and judges reviewed and scored them virtually.
The Ohio Soybean Council awards prizes for the best projects using soybeans in the areas of biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, or earth/environmental sciences. Students in grades 5–12 can win up to three $100 awards in each of the 17 districts in Ohio. At State Science Day, the awards are:
- 1st place: $1,000
- 2nd place: $500
- 3rd place: $250
A team award of $1000 is split among team members.
Judges evaluated 74 projects (6 in-person and 68 virtually) across 17 district fairs and awarded 45 Ohio Soybean Bioscience Awards to some of those projects. These projects covered all kinds of investigation, including the effects of inoculants on soybeans, which ground-covering plant sequesters CO2 and produces O2 at the fastest rate, and alternative fuel use in small engines.
Stay tuned for news of winners at the State Science Day, coming soon!