Each spring, hundreds of young scientists gather at CCRI in Warwick to present the results of their scientific investigations at the Rhode Island Science and Engineering Fair (RISEF). The students at the fair have already won in their local junior or senior high school fairs, and are now vying for state honors.

BCWA awards prizes in each division (junior high and senior high) to students from Bristol County who complete science fair projects on a drinking water topic.    BCWA representatives attend the judging day of the fair and interview the students, rank the projects, and choose the winners.  We award cash prizes to the winners.  Past winning projects include “What’s in Your Water?”, “Got Water”, “Tap Water vs Bottled Water” and “Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water”, “Desalination” and “Using Ultraviolet rays to Disinfect Water”.

The 2015 winner was  Morgan Kane, a sophomore at Mount Hope High School, won our first place award for her project tilted Can the Design of Natural Aquifers be used to filter Run-off on Roads in Communities and Wetlands?  At the BCWA Annual Meeting in May, Chairman Alan Klepper congratulated Morgan and awarded her a certificate and the $100 prize.  Morgan also represented Rhode Island at the national Science Fair.  She plans to continue her research of this topic for next years’ science fair project!