Armstrong Elementary School Student Wins Big at County Science Fair

Sixth grader Jane Whatley earned first place in her division for a unique "egg drop" project.

Armstrong Elementary School sixth grader Jane Whatley took her science project all the way to the 62nd Annual Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair this weekend, and won.

Whatley first participated in the Pomona Science Fair in early March, which was held at the Pomona Unified School District’s Cortez Math and Science Magnet School. Whatley and several other students qualified for the county fair, which was an intense experience: the students had to complete an abstract, participate in a mock interview, enter their project into its specific category, and then make any changes necessary in order to get registered by March 7.

The county fair took place at the Pasadena Civic Center, and Whatley was interviewed by several groups of judges. Her exhibit, “Egg Drop,” was part of the Junior Division Engineering Research, which involved “engineering analysis, tests of devices and their operations, other than product comparisons.” 

Her project was different from traditional egg drops, as she changed the contraption that held the egg.

Because Whatley won first place in her division, she will now be representing the Pomona Unified School District and Los Angeles County at the State Science Fair later this month, and she has also been invited to the Broadcam Competition taking place this summer.


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