Cascia Hall students spearheading effort to save state science fair

Posted at 9:07 PM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 06:46:27-04

TULSA -- The state budget is a continuous problem for the education system. This time, it's not teachers, it's programs for students that are being affected.

The state is cutting funding for the State Science and Technology Fair, with no plans to bring it back. 

But some Cascia Hall High School students have a plan to fix the problem. It's called "Oklahoma Students Advocating for Statewide Science."

Students Braden Milford, Erika Ravitch, Minna Apostolova are all a part of the plan to work to gain funding from corporate sponsors. Students said it takes about $50,000 to run the science fair program statewide.

"We decided that we really needed a student lead organization to spearhead this project because at the end of the day, we're the ones that participate in it," Apostolova said.

Milford has been working on a project focused on the fire retardants that are dumped to contain wildfires, and how it affects the environment. The sophomore even got to study an active wildfire in Colorado.

"Once I had the solutions of the fire retardants in the systems, I put snails in each tank. Within 24 hours, all the snails in the tank died in solution as weak as .0625 percent," Milford said.

He plans to showcase his work at the Science and Technology Fair on Friday, but there's a possibility that this may be the last one. 

The science fair will take place in Ada on Thursday and Friday at East Central University. Twelve students from Cascia Hall will attend.

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