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TAF Academy fair shows science with the latest twist

Olyvia Salter, a junior at the Technology Access Foundation Academy, examines a fuel she made out of bio-ethanol materials at the academy’s science fair in Kent last Saturday. - Ross Coyle/Kent Reporter
Olyvia Salter, a junior at the Technology Access Foundation Academy, examines a fuel she made out of bio-ethanol materials at the academy’s science fair in Kent last Saturday.
— image credit: Ross Coyle/Kent Reporter

While powering an electronic with fruit might be unconventional, it could also be a wave of the future, if the students at the The Technology Access Foundation (TAF) Academy go on to get degrees in science and technology.

The TAF Academy, a science, engineering, technology and mathematics school in Kent, hosted its fifth annual science fair last Saturday. The fair focused on student projects that investigated a multitude of different scientific disciplines. Environmental science, energy and transportation, behavioral science and computer science and robotics were just a few of the areas students featured projects in.

One students project looked at whether men or women have better short term memories (spoilers: women do) while another project used bio-electricity in fruit to generate power for LED lights.

Sophomore Favour Orji created a software system that would help recently released inmates find transitional housing. Her father's work with transitional housing strongly influenced her choice of project.

"I love it here," she said. "When I came here in the sixth grade, I wouldn't have imagined doing something like this."

The Academy opened its doors six years ago to sixth-graders and has gradually expanded to include grades seven to 12. It makes its home in Kent, but is a part of the Federal Way School District.

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