More than 200 bright young minds gathered at UNCW Saturday in the name of science. Students from third through 12th grades from all over Southeastern North Carolina put their science projects on display for the public and the judges.
To advance to the regionals, students must first place at their local science fair. Ideas for this year's projects ranged from determining proper wind turbine placement to water quality studies and even studying the behavior of fiddler crabs.
"I wanted to see if the male sand fiddler could wave their big claw to attract the female crab or to scare away another male crab," fourth grader Russ Gore of Ocean Isle Beach said.
Chad Campbell's project called "Distill and Chill" was good enough to advance him through to the state science fair in March. He also won an award from the North Carolina Water Works Association.
"I've always been fascinated with water," Campell, a fifth grader from Hampstead, said, "and I like learning about the water sources around my house."