• On the right, Staff Sgt. Seth Detavernier and Staff Sgt. Jimmy Houle, observer-coach/trainers for the 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, team up with Adrianna Weickhardt, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to grade 8th-graders Melissa Ramirez and Miranda Martinez's science fair project on Jan. 9, 2014. The school, St. Pius X Catholic School, reached out to Task Force Redhawk and various other local organizations for help in judging their fourth annual science fair. (Photo by 1st Lt. Vanessa Dudley, 1st Battalion, 361st Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West Public Affairs)

    Army trainers judge fourth annual local science fair projects

    On the right, Staff Sgt. Seth Detavernier and Staff Sgt. Jimmy Houle, observer-coach/trainers for the 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, team up with Adrianna Weickhardt, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife...

  • On the right, Tenoch Benitez and Pia Frare from Western Refineries work with Lt. Col. Patrick Hogeboom, commander of 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, to grade the science fair project of 8th-graders Veronica Martinez, 13, and Naomi Ramirez, 14, (left). Their project was about the effects of dark colored beverages on teeth and the different whiteners that could be used to counteract stains. St. Pius X School conducts the science fair annually for their 7th- and 8th-graders using help from the local community to judge projects. (Photo by 1st Lt. Vanessa Dudley, 1st Battalion, 361st Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West Public Affairs)

    Army trainers judge fourth annual local science fair projects

    On the right, Tenoch Benitez and Pia Frare from Western Refineries work with Lt. Col. Patrick Hogeboom, commander of 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, to grade the science fair project of 8th-graders...

  • On the right, Staff Sgt. Jimmy Houle and Staff Sgt. Seth Detavernier, observer-coach/trainers for 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, team up with Mrs. Adrianna Weickhardt, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to grade 7th-grader Gabriel Quinones' science fair project on Jan. 9, 2014. St. Pius X Catholic School reached out to Task Force Redhawk and various other local organizations for help in judging its fourth annual science fair. (Photo by 1st Lt. Vanessa Dudley, 1st Battalion, 361st Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West Public Affairs)

    Army trainers judge fourth annual local science fair projects

    On the right, Staff Sgt. Jimmy Houle and Staff Sgt. Seth Detavernier, observer-coach/trainers for 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, team up with Mrs. Adrianna Weickhardt, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife...

  • From left, Staff Sgt. Seth Detavernier and Staff Sgt. Jimmy Houle, observer-coach/trainers for the 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, finish grading a project on alternative energy. Soldiers from Task Force Redhawk and 1st Armored Division teamed up to help judge the fourth annual science fair project for 7th- and 8th-graders of St. Pius X Catholic School. (Photo by 1st Lt. Vanessa Dudley, 1st Battalion, 361st Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West Public Affairs)

    Army trainers judge fourth annual local science fair projects

    From left, Staff Sgt. Seth Detavernier and Staff Sgt. Jimmy Houle, observer-coach/trainers for the 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, finish grading a project on alternative energy. Soldiers from Task Force...

  • From top left to bottom right, observer-coach/trainers with 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, Sgt. First Class Vincent Adams, Staff Sgt. Seth Detavernier, Lt. Col. Patrick Hogeboom, Staff Sgt. Jesus Zambrano, Staff Sgt. Jimmy Houle, and 1st Lt. Vanessa Dudley proudly display their volunteer certificates from St. Pius X Catholic School for their help in judging the fourth annual science fair. (Photo by 1st Lt. Vanessa Dudley, 1st Battalion, 361st Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade, Division West Public Affairs)

    Army trainers judge fourth annual local science fair projects

    From top left to bottom right, observer-coach/trainers with 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, Task Force Redhawk, 5th Armored Brigade, Sgt. First Class Vincent Adams, Staff Sgt. Seth Detavernier, Lt. Col. Patrick Hogeboom, Staff Sgt. Jesus...

EAST EL PASO, Texas -- Seven Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 361st Engineer Regiment, 5th Armored Brigade and the 1st Armored Division teamed up to judge fourth annual science fair projects for 7th- and 8th-graders at St. Pius X Catholic School here.

"The Army has always been a great help with this event," said Sarah Achondo, St. Pius Middle School science teacher. "They always have a good science background."

Before starting, Achondo gave the judges the grading rubric and split into groups of three, each forming a panel. Students then presented their project to one of the judging panels. Students were expected to follow the scientific method and clearly present steps they took to complete the project.

Judges were able to grade a variety of science project categories such as behavioral, animal sciences, technical, and environmental science. Students were allotted several months to work on their projects and were able to answer the majority of the questions the judges posed.

Problems addressed by the students included topics such as the correlation between sleep and grades, eye color and the ability to see colors, or the effects of genetically modified organisms.

"It was impressive, the way the event was planned and orchestrated," said Staff Sgt. Jesus Zambrano, a two-year observer-coach/trainer for Task Force Redhawk. "In my eyes, the event solidified the idea that students in today's society need to have a heavy science background in their schooling."

At the end of the day, winners in each category were announced and awarded with ribbons. An overall winner with the highest marks from the judges was also announced.

Other organizations such as Western Refineries, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and students with science majors from the University of Texas at El Paso also served as science fair judges.

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