Marler wins county science fair, goes on to state

Marler wins county science fair, goes on to stateTalented young Ridgecrest resident Sydney Marler took first place at the Kern County Science Fair for her plant biology project, an accomplishment that qualified her to go on to the State Science Fair.

At the state level she took home an honorable mention in the junior division of plant biology, competing against 30 other young scientists in that category and division.

Her project was entitled “The Effects of Electromagnetic Currents on Various Characteristics of Bean Plants.”

After she won second place at the Murray School Science Fair, she revamped her experiment to include a greater number of control groups and a larger number of plants per group.

She then won first place in the Kern County Science Fair in Bakersfield, and went on to the State Science Fair.

Sydney said that was one of her greatest academic experiences to date, and she expanded her knowledge of the process greatly at the State Science Fair.

She said she’d like to offer advice to next year’s Murray Science Fair participants, and she took away some ideas for her own project next year as well.

Her dad, Nate Marler, gave her a new telescope for her birthday, and she hopes to work on an astrophysics project for next year’s fair.

She will attend an astronomy camp in Arizona this summer, and she hopes to one day become an astrophysicist.

Sydney said she “gets in the zone” when she talks science, and is confident and comfortable in explaining scientific methods.

Her parents believe that Ridgecrest provides an excellent learning atmosphere with all the great opportunities provided by the schools and the China Lake engineers.

Sydney has participated in the EYH (Early Young Horizons) Conference for two years, has participated in the STEM activities provided by Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division engineers and has attended summer science camps offered through the Castle X Teen Center on base.

Story First Published: 2013-04-24