Dixie Promotes Science of Chemistry at Pasadena ISD Science Fair

PASADENA, TX, April 18, 2018 –  Nearly 200 Pasadena ISD students had fun with the science of chemistry at the recent Elementary School Science Fair and STEM Expo, co-sponsored by Dixie Chemical. 

Science and Competition Collide

Variety, creativity and advanced scientific concepts filled the Philips Field House on March 22. Students participating in this district science fair really showed their passion for science, as they shined among their peers at the campus-level science fair competitions held in the fall. The top five winners at each campus advanced to compete at the district fair for the final round of judging.

Teaching the Science of Chemistry to Students

And the final competition was fierce. Students were judged in five categories: Health and Human Services, Consumer Science, Physical Science, Life Science and Earth and Space. The judging pool was made up of 53 school staff members, community volunteers and district employees, including representatives from Dixie Chemical.

“The judges were impressed with the level of rigor and the students’ thorough understanding of the scientific process and experimental design.”

-Gladys Gonzalez, PISD Elementary Science and Social Studies Instructional Specialist, Fair Organizer

Science teachers and elementary peer facilitators judged students in five additional categories: Top Scientist, Outstanding Experimental Design, Outstanding Real World Application, Most Creative and Honorable Mention. Ten students earned trophies for the Best Experiment in each category. 96 students took home gold medals and 84 students snagged a silver medal. 

The Top Scientist honor went to fourth grader Erin Gomez (pictured at left) for his project entitled “Antennas Tournament.” He credited his father for his achievement, saying “One day I asked my dad if there was a way to make a homemade antenna that works on digital and analog TVs. He told me there were many ways. I did tests to get my answers.”

A Real-World Look at the Science of Chemistry

The event was sponsored by Dixie Chemical, Houston Astronomical Society and Houston Water Works. Science professionals from the community had the opportunity to interact with students during the STEM Expo, as well. Students could participate in hands-on demos and learn more about the different branches of science, including the science of chemistry. Chemists, engineers, computer science technicians, astronomers and entomologists were all eager to talk to students about their careers.

For Dixie, this was an excellent opportunity to instill the science of chemistry into the next generation and encourage future scientists to make science their career. This has been an ongoing mission for the chemical manufacturing company. 

About Dixie Chemical Company

Since 1946, Dixie Chemical has been committed to manufacturing high-quality, high-performance chemical products that improve our world. With 300 customers in 25 countries, Dixie Chemical is a proven partner for open innovation in thermoset materials, alkaline paper sizing, and fuel and lube markets. For more information, visit www.dixiechemical.com.