P.E. Wallace Middle School 6th grader Tanner Marshall competed in the East Texas Regional Science Fair in Kilgore on Friday, March 1st.

His project received a specialty award from Sudden Link Communications, through Altice, USA Incorporated which included a $100 cash prize.

Marshall’s project, the “Esca-Ladder”, was a real-world invention of his, a ladder with moving steps to increase safety.  He tested which material would be best to use on the axels in order to provide the most appropriate amount of friction.

“It was incredibly inspiring to watch Tanner work through the process of developing his Esca-Ladder project over these last several months,” said Susan Gage, Wallace Science Department Head and GT Coordinator. “He handed me a drawing of his design back in September, around the beginning of this school year.  To see his growth in how he was able to implement using the scientific method, alongside the engineering design model, has been has been remarkable.  Tanner aspires to be an engineer one day, and I have no doubt he will truly impact the field of engineering.”

Marshall is the son of Judd and Courtney Marshall.