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Notes on the Rock Nobody Knows Personal motivation plays key role in science fair

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For Nina First, the science fair meant more than just another school project. It was an investigation into the claims made by a drywall company.

The 13-year-old lives on Green Street in Harrisburg, which meant her house was one of the ones inundated by flood waters during Tropical Storm Lee in September. In the process of rebuilding the basement, there was a question about the best drywall to use.

Now that water was clearly an issue, water-resistance became an important factor in choosing, and by October, Nina knew what she wanted to test.“My mother was looking at drywall, and there was a fiberglass option that said it was moisture-resistant,” Nina said. “I wanted to see if that was true.”

So the student at The Silver Academy in Harrisburg decided to focus her science fair project on testing three types of drywall, including her main drywall panel – the Gold Bond e2XP Interior Extreme Gypsum panel from The National Gypsum Company.

After soaking the Gold Bond, as well as green and yellow drywall panels, and then waiting 40 hours to put weights on them, Nina found that the advertised qualities were, in fact, true.“A couple of the green boards broke, almost all of the yellow boards broke, but none of the Gold Bond did,” Nina said.

via Personal motivation plays key role in science fair.


Written by Elizabeth McCullough

March 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Posted in gypsum products

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