Frankfort Middle School students prepare for Hoosier Science Fair

Two Frankfort Middle School students take top honors.
Two Frankfort Middle School students take top honors.

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – Two Frankfort Middle School students took top honors at the Lafayette Regional Science Fair last weekend.

Colton Crum and Kelly Ross took home top honors from the science fair. Crum won first place with his device, which makes a more efficient engine using gasoline and water.

The eighth grader said he came up with idea from posts on the internet and was surprised that his device made the engine 39 percent more efficient.

“I really didn’t know if it was a big lie or actually was true. There wasn’t much documentation. There were some documentation on it, but it wasn’t very legitimate to me. I wanted to see if it could actually work and from there, what else could be done to improve it,” said Crum.

Crum’s device separates molecules in water, which are used in an engine’s carburetor and filter.

Eighth grader Kelli Ross was named honorable mention for her Round Robin project. Ross found that elementary school students are more likely to learn more when being read to in person versus through a computer program.

Ross said she believes the social aspect of the reading helped students more.

“I think it’s because of social interaction and having a person there talking to you, rather than by a computer, where you’re not by your friends and not talking to people,” said Ross.

Ross and Crum will head to Indianapolis in April for the Hoosier State Science Fair. It will be Ross’ second time participating in the state science fair. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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