Science fair project quantitative data (some of the graphs made to summarize results)
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I asked my grandfather to do this experiment with me
because I was, and still am, very interested in the field of
concrete. I wanted to learn more about how he supports his
family and what he has dedicated pretty much his entire life to.
From moving from St. Louis, MO, to Little Rock, AR, and then
to Michigan, my grandfather has shown time and time again
how much he loves his job. As a renowned concretist who has
never lost sight of what really matters—family—he is a perfect
example of what people aspire to be, what many can only
dream of being.
Warren E. McPherson, FACI, is the
Owner of Performance Concrete Design,
LLC, Howell, MI. He is a member of ACI
Committees 211, Proportioning Concrete
Mixtures; 237, Self-Consolidating
Concrete; 302, Construction of Concrete
Floors; 332, Residential Concrete Work;
and C640, Craftsman Certification.
Abby Pinch presenting her science fair project results
A Blue-Ribbon Result
As a result of her efforts, Abby was awarded the only blue
ribbon among the seventh-grade classes. Her advisor was very
impressed with not only the work she had done but also her
We need to engage potential “superstars” at a very early
age. In the case of someone like my granddaughter, who is
already indicating that she is drawn to the sciences, this is the
perfect time. The more interaction we have with young
people, pointing out the outstanding benefits of the concrete
industry, the better off our industry will be going forward.
Our industry needs to rejuvenate itself continuously. If your
son or daughter, granddaughter or grandson, or a neighbor child
asks you to help them with their science fair project, jump at
the chance. You may be starting the career of our next superstar.
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