USGS Scientists Judge Projects, Present Award at Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Dale Griffin and Jack Kindinger of the USGS Center for Coastal and Regional Marine Studies
(CCRMS, St. Petersburg, FL) participated as judges for the Earth & Space and Environmental
Science Categories at the 2002 Pinellas Regional Science and Engineering Fair (Pinellas County, FL)
on February 8. Competing students were in the Junior Division (middle school, grades 5 through 8)
and Senior Division (high school, grades 9 through 12).
After the category judging, we reviewed
all the projects to select one that best represented the type of science CCRMS would like to
encourage. We found an obvious choice, a young man in the Junior Division Earth & Space
Category. He had built two model aquifer systems (in aquariums): (1) a well-confined aquifer
system, and (2) a semi-confined aquifer system. Using information researched from the World
Wide Web and books, he then introduced a series of injection wells and collected empirical data
on flow movement within the two aquifers. His results and conclusions were well thought out, his
display was well designed, and his enthusiasm and knowledge of the topic completely won us
over. We were proud to present this year's award (certificate and savings bond) to seventh-grader
Stephan Meylan for his project "The Effect of Injection Wells on the Floridan Aquifer System."
The awards ceremony was held February 13 at Osceola High School in St. Petersburg.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), St. Petersburg, Florida
in this issue:
African Sahel Dust
Radio Interview Explores African Dust
Florida Coastal Storm Defenses
Oceans Day 2002
Black History Month
Environmental Academy Web Site
Regional Science Fair
Congressional BriefingSea Otter Research
Law of the Sea
Bill Dillon Retires
John Hughes Clarke"Imaging Water Mass Variability"
March Publications List