Local 'Chemist' from Poison Spider School claims bronze at State Science Fair

(Natrona County, Wyo.) - With is project, "Burning Alcohol" eighth grade Spider from Poison Spider Elementary recently claimed bronze at the State Science Fair. "I wanted to see which type of alcohol would burn faster and I tested ethanol, methanol, and denatured alcohol. The ethanol burned at an average of 297.3 seconds," commented 'Chemist' Jasper Sullivan. Sullivan gained the idea from his dad's work in welding and his science teacher, Justin Maes, said that he just ran with it. Maes reported that he took ten students from sixth-eight grade to the State Tournament from Poison Spider Elementary. "This was just a cool experience for the students, not only the science part, but giving them the experience of public speaking and having their work critiqued by working scientists. I am extremely proud of Jasper and of all my kids. This was the first time any of these students got to go to state," said Maes. Sullivan commented about his project, "It may seem like a lot of work to start, but end the end it is worth it." As expected, Sullivan's favorite subject is science and he hopes to continue his chemistry work into high school next year. #oilcity #news