Summer vacation is a week away but some students in Lenoir County still have their thinking caps on.
The Lenoir County Manufacturers Association hosted its third annual Science Fair and Stem Presentation Event at the Kinston Country Club, Wednesday night.
Middle school students competed in a science fair and high school students presented STEM projects before a group of judges.
Event judge and business owner David Wilfong says events like these are crucial to the manufacturing industry.
“I obviously have an interest in having better educated employees,” said Wilfong, who owns Domestic Fabrics & Blankets Corp in Kinston. “If we can show these young people when they’re young, encourage them to continue to pursue science and engineering type of education, it’s a real win for everybody in our community.”
David Morales and Kyle Lane each won $1,000 in the STEM competition for building their own digital TV antenna.
Hannah Hill, Tanner Dixon and Austin Kennedy placed second with their “step and strike” door opener while Haley Cunningham and David Crespo finished third with their food storage cabinet.
In the science fair, Miranda Quinn and Gabi Register each won a tablet and gift cards for their “which brand of popcorn pops more kennels” display.
Summer West placed second with her fuel efficient exhibition, while Sara Jones finished third with her “stain wars” display. Will West received honorable mention for his presentation.