Cape Fear Community College’s 2015-2016 Chem-Techathon competition concluded on April 27, and Hoggard High School’s team took home the first place prize for their project, “Parabens in Fast Food.” Chem-Techathon is a team-based competition that engages high school students in New Hanover and Pender counties in a series of laboratory based hands-on activities, instrumentation training, and a small-scale, semester-long, research project. Hoggard students earned a grand prize of $2,500 for their efforts. Ashley High School earned second place recognition for the project, “Benzene in Gasoline,” and a team consisting of homeschooled students earned third place for their project, “Minerals in Various Brands of Water.”
CFCC’s Chem-Techathon is made possible thanks to a $150,000 Student Science Enrichment Program grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Tracy Holbrook, Chemical Technology Program Director at CFCC, applied for the grant to support a three year project entitled CT-RISE: Chem-Techathon: Renewing Interest in Science Education.
CFCC’s Chemical Technology curriculum prepares individuals for work as analytical technicians in chemical laboratories associated with chemical production, environmental concerns, pharmaceuticals, and general analysis. For more information about the program, visit http://cfcc.edu/engineering/chemical-technology/.