Science Day Awards
Sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation
By establishing the Science Day Awards, the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation acknowledges that tomorrow's innovations in the soybean industry will be produced by today's best and brightest science students.
The combination of science and soybeans has produced new uses and bioproducts such as environmentally friendly soy-based inks, toners, adhesives and plastics. Home-grown fuels like biodiesel improve air quality and reduce dependence on non-renewable fossible fuels.
- For: Best project in the area of agriculture biosciences, bioresources, biopolymers, bioproducts, and/or biofuels using soybeans
- Grade: 5-12
- Award: 1st place - $1,000; 2nd place - $500; 3rd place - $250 (To apply for the State Science Day Soybean Foundation Sponsored Award, please contact your district science day coordinator.)
- For: Best projects in the area of agriculture biosciences, bioresources, biopolymers, bioproducts, and/or biofuels using soybeans
- Grade: 5-12
- Award: Up to 3 - $100 awards in each of the 16 districts
Science Day Forms
2012 State Winners
1st place- Brigitta B Gegenheimer
|Franklin||Upper Arlington High School||The effect of Enterobacter sp. 638 on soybean root growth|
2nd Place -Bethany G Cox
|Stark||Alliance High School||Can biochar increase the growth of soybean plants while improving the macronutrient run-off in the water?|
3rd Place -Mikhaila R Roe
|Scioto||Minford High School||Fantastic, it's stil less plastic!|
Biobased Solutions: Advances in Soy Research & Development
- The United Soybean Board Newsletter with the latest new "green" products that impact industries such as automotive, construction and recreation
- for soybeans
- The Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC) is a research initiative that develops renewable specialty chemicals, polymers/plastics and advanced materials
- Production Research sponsored by the Ohio Soybean Council improves soybeans in many ways and meets needs in the marketplace; read about researchers at work
Bioproducts & Industrial Alternatives: Inks, Adhesives, Toners, Building Materials
Bioproducts: Candles, Crayons, Health & Beauty Products
- A list of soy-based consumer products
Biofuels: Energy Crops
- Soy Biodiesel & Clean Air for Kids Campaign
- Soy Biodiesel webquests for students
- How Stuff Works
Scientists have found many food applications and created new industrial products because they questioned and studied the unique characteristics of the soybean. Science Fair topics related to plants, food and new uses of soybeans fit into a broad range of biology and chemistry (plant, food and biocomposite) sciences.
Think of some questions or consider these title ideas as you plan a soy science project.
Agronomy and Genetics
- Can Soybeans Produce Their Own Nitrogen Fertilizers?
- Effects of Soil Compaction, Plant Overcrowding, or Fertilizers on Nodule Production
- Gene Gun Transformation of Soybeans
- How to Breed a Better Bean?
- Revisiting Mendel Using Soybeans
Food and Nutrition
- Animal Feed Using High Energy Soybean Meal
- Aquaculture-A Valuable Use for Soybeans
- Make Your Own Oil: Try as Lubricant and Cooking Oil
- Soy Glycerin and Density
- Soy Ingredients in Functional Foods
- Protein Coagulation: Useful as Glue?
- Baking Technology: Lecithin for Fats and Oils Replacement: Lecithin for Flavor Improvement
- Non-Stick Cooking Sprays: Does Soybean Lecithin Make it Work?
- Soy Around the House - BBQ cleaner, dust mop treatment
- Soy Solvents in Remove Inks, Grease, Oils and Stains
- Soy as Graffiti Remover
- Effectiveness of Soy-based Skin Creams and Sun Protectors
- Test the Environmental Factors of Soy in/on Newsprint
- Biodiesel Fuel on Golf Courses and Marinas
- Why is NASA Studying Biodiesel Fuel?
- Soy Protein as Plastic Material
- Formaldehyde-free adhesives from soy protein
Related Links for Other Science Fair Project Ideas
- Learn from Real Lab Experiences
- Florida Agriculture.com: List of topic ideas that include engineering
- National Ag in the Classroom: List of ideas and links
- List of Questions from California Ag in the Classroom: Categories include chemistry
Ohio State Science Day: May 8, 2010