Area Students Flex Mental Muscles at Science Fair

January 20, 2012 Updated Jan 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

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January 20, 2012 Updated Jan 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - From subterranean, sustainable living environments to basketball slamming robots, science serves a number of purposes.

The many sides of science were on display Friday as students from the Buffalo Academy of Science held their annual science fair.

"We're making silly-puddy, we're making frozen bubbles, we're making all kinds of stuff for them to come in a do and see," said M.L. Verdi-Korte, Chair of the Science Department at the downtown charter school.

Aside from the exploding marshmallows ketchup cleaning concoctions, many projects aimed at taking on some of the world's most pressing issues, like sustainable energy and our growing population.

That's what led one group to develop an underground living colony, complete with solar power and a special farming technique to provide food.

Other projects sought to discover what brand of gum had the longest lasting flavor or whether coffee or soda discolored teeth faster.

More than 50 finalists had their projects on display to be judged by a panel of industry professionals, while fellow students had a chance to weigh in as well.

Every student in the school takes part in the project fair as part of their overall grade.