Carly Alexander, 7th grader at Phillips Preparatory School, placed first at the 2014 Alabama Science and Engineering Fair (ASEF) in the Environmental category, Junior Division, and won a $50 award from UAH/ASEF.
Carly's project is titled "Building Beaches". She studied the erosional rates due to normal wave action on 4 different beach compositions- fine sand, coarse sand, pea gravel, and a layered beach profile of pea gravel over fine sand. To test it she constructed a mini wave flume to conduct a total of 48 tests. Her test results showed that as the sediment size increased, the erosional rate decreased. Her motivation for choosing this project came from a love of the beaches of Dauphin Island.
Carly also received 5 special awards as follows:
1. Best in Show awarded by the American Meteorological Society 2. Best in Show awarded by the Association for Women Geoscientists 3. Runner up for the Junior Scholarship to Gulf Island Journey awarded by the Dauphin Island Sea Lab - Marine Environmental Consortium 4. Selected to compete at Broadcom Masters 5. National Youth Science Foundation Award
Carly,congratulations on a job well done!!!!! It is great to have people who care so much for the environment we live in especially the beautiful beaches. I hope she can pursue national recognition, if it is available. I believe she would have a good chance of winning.