A new generation of science-savvy students put its work up for scrutiny Thursday in Augusta County.
Beverley Manor Middle School played host to the annual science fair. It drew 90 students from all four of the county's middle schools.
They compete in biology and physical-science categories and judges say they were impressed by the inventive and creative projects.
"If they really know the science behind it, if their hypothesis was well-founded in research, that comes through when the judges are talking to them. And then to really, truly get some data and analyze the data, that is a standout project," said Jenny Groh, science fair coordinator.
The science fair experiments run the spectrum, from the type of organisms living in a pinecone to which kind of softball gives a pitcher the most consistent strikes.