POSTED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 8:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 8:34am
ASCENSION PARISH, LA (NBC33) — Science fair projects are not just poster board and colored construction paper. The projects spinning out of today's classrooms are coming from a new generation of tech –savvy kids who are taking a whole new approach to gathering data.
Kaylin Mason decided to focus her project this year on the dangers of texting and driving. She took on the topic after watching an interesting video on YouTube.
“We [Kaylin and mother Sommer] were searching online for science fair topics and we came across the awareness text video,” Kaylin recalled. “With my mom’s help we put together a Facebook page and a survey.”
The 5th grader at Spanish Lake Primary in Ascension Parish created her own YouTube video for the project. It’s one of two videos that survey participants are asked to watch. At the conclusion of the video, you have to honestly submit what you saw in the video.
“When we saw the awareness video topic, we related that to how focusing on one thing like how texting can make you not able to pay attention to other things when you’re driving,” Kaylin explained.
With an April 18th deadline looming, Kaylin hopes to get as many people as possible to fill out her survey so she can compile usable data for her project. Like many nowadays, the fastest way to get people to participate meant turning to a social networking platform.
“I think that technology is good for many things including learning,” Kaylin said. “If you can try to be creative and use that to help you learn, it really could help. There are so many people online.”
By the end of her project, Kaylin hopes to take home the win to add to her growing collection of honors. Along with a 4.0 grade point average, Kaylin was selected as this year’s Student of the Year.
“It was an honor,” Kaylin said when asked how she felt about the title.
Click here  to visit Kaylin’s “Science Fair Diva” Facebook page, which includes a link to the survey. Kaylin asks everyone to make sure to click the “done” button when you’re finished or else it will not be counted.