Inspiration with Science

By Matt Hicks
By Casey Killian

May 23, 2012 Updated May 24, 2012 at 2:54 AM EST

Village of Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's been three years of planning, research and testing. And for a number of Union-Endicott High School seniors, it was all building up to Wednesday night.

The 3rd Annual Science and Engineering Symposium is a showcase of student creativity for when it comes to science and engineering, from sophomores presenting their ideas for the first time, to seniors showing off the fruits of their labor.

Matthew Palka turned a love of fishing into a study on what lures fish out of their nests.

Erin Makarsky examined the difference between man-made ponds and the vernal pools created by nature.

"Actually the man-made ponds, they actually did see amphibians like frogs and salamanders coming in and breeding in the first season, which is surprising because they had just been built and the surrounding environment had been torn down slightly," said Makarsky.

"I love fishing. I've been doing it since I was three years old and I really enjoyed going out into the wild and interacting with the environment and the species to observe how we influence our environment," said Malka.

Students worked with mentors who have made a career in science.

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