KANAWHA - A love of baking turned into a tasty science fair project for Natalie Lemmon and Rylee Horstman.
"We both like baking and when we saw our project online, we thought it would be a good idea because we're both interested in it," Lemmon said about their Storage Wars project.
The seventh graders had their board on display Feb. 27 in the middle school gym for the annual seventh and eighth grade science fair.
The pair tested three containers to see which would keep a batch of cookies the freshest. The cookies were baked for the same amount of time and then put into a hefty Ziploc bag, a Ziploc plastic container and a cookie jar.
Horstman's favorite part of the project was getting to bake all of the cookies. But they weren't the ones eating their finished product after they were put in the different containers.
"We had testers eat them so it was more fair. The testers didn't mind that job at all," Lemmon said.
She liked seeing which container did the best.
"The hefty bag kept the cookies the freshest. You could release the air to keep better moisture," she said. "The cookie jar only kept the cookies fresh for one to two days."
Lemmon wasn't too nervous about explaining their project to the science fair judges.
"I think I was more nervous giving our oral report in front of Mr. Sonius and our class. If we did something bad, we didn't want them to laugh," she said.
"I'm not nervous here, I think we did good. Both judges said they liked our project. They also liked it because there were cookies," she said.
Austin Brouwer wasn't too nervous about talking to the judges.
"We're eighth graders so we're used to it," he said about the science fair.
His partner, Peyton Luse said he was still a little nervous about what the judges would think about their electricity project.
"I think we did well on the talking part but with the board, we probably didn't do so great," he said. "The judge said pictures would have been helpful and we should have made our conclusion bigger."
Another year of practice also helped eighth grader Zach Clark with his water filtration project.
"I was a lot more nervous last year. I was nervous because I didn't know if my project was going to do good or not," he said. "I wasn't nervous because I knew my project a lot better this year."
Science teacher Paul Sonius said one of the main goals of the science fair each year is to help the students with their communication skills.
"The students do oral presentations in the classroom. Some do a lot worse in the classroom, it's harder in front of their peers. In the gym, they do their own presentations," he said.
"The biggest thing is the idea that they have to stand up in front of their peers and the judges and they have to sell their project and explain their project," he said.