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March 19, 2013

Science fair has deeper meaning for fourth grader

HANCEVILLE — Wallace State is hosting the Cullman County Science Fair today, welcoming elementary and middle school students from across the county.

Vinemont fourth grader Lainey Moses focused on the inner ear for her project, calling it “Did you hear something?”

 “My project shows how the inner ear vibrates and makes the sound waves that transmit it to the brain,” Moses said. “I used a can, a cup, a straw, and water.  The cup shows the inner ear, the straw shows the sound coming through it and the can represents the outer ear,” she said.

Lainey’s mother, Johnnie Moses, said this is the only project she has seen so far about the inner ear. For the Moses family, science fairs have been representing a lot more than science.

“My husband, Darryl, is in the National Guard and is currently deployed in Kuwait,” Johnnie Moses said. “My older daughter, Lauren, won the science fair when she was in fourth grade three years ago, and my husband was also deployed then in Afghanistan. It’s become a normal thing — three projects, three deployments.”

She said that her husband is the “scientific one” between the two, but her daughters take after their father.

“He’s very proud of Lainey and all that she’s done,” Moses said. “She’s very smart and loves science and math. He’s been gone since January, but he will be home with us in December.”

Lainey Moses will be among many students seeking to grab an award for their science projects.

Lauren Estes can be reach at 256-734-2131, ext 270, or

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