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TJES student places first at National American Indian Science Fair
4 April 2011

BISMARCK (UTN) - Taylahni Jackson, a fifth grade student from Theodore Jamerson Elementary School, took first place in the National American Indian Science and Engineering Fair.

      Taylahni competed in the Physics and Astronomy category during the March 2426 event in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Forty-seven schools were represented and over 500 projects.


Taylahni Jackson, a fifth grade student at TJES, is from the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.

      Taylahni’s project was titled: Depth of Field: Pinhole Lens versus F2.5 Large Format Lens.  She took and developed film photographs using two different camera lenses. One was a pinhole lens that she built and affixed to a 4 x 5 view camera. The other was a WWII era Aero Ektar f4.5 lens, also on a 4 x 5 view camera. She compared the results of the photographs and demonstrated her understanding of the optical properties known as  “circle of confusion” and “depth of field.”

      Taylahni presented her project in two previous science fairs. She participated in the TJES Science Fair and took first place in the North Dakota Native American Science Fair to become eligible to participate in the national event. To enter she was required to write a scientific abstract in APA style using a minimum of five literary references. As a further requirement, her project also met the standards of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

      "I plan to attend again next year," said Taylahni. "It was fun to meet people from all the United States and Ontario, Canada. I saw projects from all over."

      Theodore Jamerson Elementary School is located on the United Tribes Technical College campus in Bismarck. Taylahni's science coach was Mark Anderson, TJES Gifted and Talented instructor.

 

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