Written by Morley
The 2013 CRICS Science Fair was held on Day, March 14. The entire school participated in the fair with demonstrations in buoyancy to rocket launches. The fair proved to be an exciting afternoon for the students, teachers and parents. The elementary grades focused on class demonstrations, and secondary grades produced individual projects with one or more students creating answers to questions generated from the scientific method.
The Kindergarten class focused on “Float or Sink” demonstrations. Water play is so much fun. The 1st grade class developed “Parts of the Water Cycle” with outstanding displays. The 2nd grade class became engineers and worked on tools and levers.
The 3rd and 4th grade classes developed a power point presentation about “air, weather, and oceanography”, their main science topics of the year. The 5th grade class worked on displays about the “Rock Cycle”. Designing a “lunar lander” and sun dials, the 6th grade wowed observers.
Rube Goldberg machines were the focus of the 7th grade general science class. Learning engineering skills was more fun than anticipated. The 8th grade class did projects with magnets and leavening agents. One student’s chocolate cake project involved over 20 different combinations of leavening agents and sampling the results. Science has not ever tasted so good.
Developing an ideal environment for animals was the challenge for the 9th grade biology class. Beta fish, sugar glider, and a hamster were the testing species. All the animals survived and gave the students insights into what was needed for different species.
The chemistry class focused on developing a hypotheses and experiments to demonstrate the validity of each hypothesis. The students fired off rockets, made slime, tested salts with flame tests, and studied left-brain verses right-brain concepts.
The anatomy and physiology class made working models of different organs of the body: biceps and triceps, lung, heart, and kidney.
The physics class built projects, a rubber – powered car and a trebuchet, to demonstrate different scientific concepts of motion. The car traveled about 4 meters and the trebuchet projectile flew about 15 meters.
What wonders will next year’s Science Fair hold?