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BISD Students Garner Top Awards at Austin Regional Science Festival

February 26, 2019



(Bastrop) – Elementary and intermediate school students from Bastrop ISD recently presented their science projects at the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival held at the Palmer Events Center, one of the largest science fairs in Texas. Nearly 3,000 students in grades 3 through 12 participated.


Eleven students from Bastrop Intermediate School competed in the junior division held February 20-21. Another 76 students from Bastrop and Cedar Creek Intermediate schools, as well as Bluebonnet Elementary, Cedar Creek Elementary, Emile Elementary, Lost Pines Elementary, Mina Elementary, and Red Rock Elementary competed in the elementary division held February 22-23.


Nearly 1,600 projects from Austin area districts were submitted to the elementary division, with just 84 projects garnering special awards. Three of those special recognitions were given to Bastrop ISD students.


Bluebonnet Elementary third grader Olivia Prokop earned a first place ribbon as well as the Dell Healthy Living Health Innovation Award for her project “Don’t Be Too Salty.” Fourth grader Jaydn Holmes from Emile Elementary earned a first place ribbon and the Dell Medical School Future Health Leader Award for her project “Bust ‘Em Out.” Bethany Friend, a third grader from Lost Pines Elementary, earned the Health Through Science Award and a first place ribbon for her project “Stained.”


Also during the Festival, each district presents a superintendent’s award to the top project from the district. This year’s recipient was Aryan Patel from Bastrop Intermediate. His project “Which Bridge Is The Strongest?” was the Superintendent’s Award Winner.


This school year, BISD made a nearly $31,000 investment in hands-on science supplies and resources for classrooms in grades 2 through 8. This commitment to science inquiry and learning is evident in the quality of the science projects entered and the results at this year’s festival. Bastrop ISD’s K-12 Science Curriculum Specialist Martha Griffin explained the significance of the investment and these awards.


“Our students getting top honors in Austin will come as no surprise to those who witnessed the outstanding fairs on our elementary and intermediate campuses this year. The support of our community members, parents, teachers, and administrators makes it possible for our students to excel at investigating science problems and communicating their findings to the broader public. Continuing to invest our time, energy, and financial resources into science education benefits our students immensely.”


The Austin Energy Regional Science Festival is an Intel International Science and Engineering Fair-affiliated science competition held at the Palmer Events Center during February of every year.

Students in front of downtown skyline student standing in front of science fair display



(Pictured Aryan Patel, Superintendent's Award Winner; students who competed in science fair)