BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Getting students interested in science is something schools have struggled with for years. You couldn't tell though if you attended the 67th Maine State Science Fair where the love of science was shared by hundreds of kids.
Around 150 students from 14 different high schools across Maine made the trip to the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor for the science competition. Several types of sciences were represented by each project. Everything from marine biology to the causes of cancer. Falmouth High School Junior, Caroline McKeun, looked into how prosthetic legs could be advanced through studying the limbs of Cockroaches.
"We found that it was possible to correlate movement, but not as specific as we wanted to," said McKeun.
In addition to the student's efforts, the next hardest job was the judging. Peggy Danneman was one of those judges most surprised by how innovative the students were.
"They've really thought about it and they really have ideas about ways they could improve, which to me is the mark of really thinking like a scientist," said Danneman.
Judges named three winners by the end of the day. First place went to Bangor High School Sophomore, Mary Butler. Takeing home second was Greely High School Sophomore, Meagan Currie, who was the first place winner last year. And also from Greely, was third place finisher and Freshman, Harrison Pershing. All three winners will now travel to Phoenix, Arizona for the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in May.