Congratulations to all of the 5th graders who participated in Columbus Elementary’s annual Science Fair! There were so many original ideas and well-crafted display boards. Each year the Science Fair provides a wonderful opportunity for students to explore the world of science and to share their discoveries with each other.
This year there were a total of 96 projects presented by individuals and partners. Projects tested everything from the durability of organic vs. non-organic nail polishes, to the best type of salt to melt the ice in your driveway, and even if it is possible for a guinea pig to learn. There was a strong focus by the students on the questions they set out to investigate. Students displayed impressive abilities in communicating their project's purpose.
Friends and family who visited each booth were met with enthusiastic scientists, who introduced them to their tested question, explained the testing procedures used and revealed their results and conclusions. It was then time for the attendees to make some hard decisions. Friends and family were asked to decide which project they felt had the Most Surprising Result, which provided the Most Useful Information and which was their Top Overall Favorite experiment. Votes were submitted electronically.
And the results were:
The Most Surprising Result award went to Jack Fiskaa and Thomas Fiskaa. They investigated whether table sugar can get rid of the algae in a fish tank. Guess what? It can! It only takes ½ tablespoon every 14 days.
The award for the experiment that provided the Most Useful Information went to Alex DelPozzo for his experiment about which brand of paper towel can absorb the most liquid. If you want to know which brand performed the best or learn about ‘capillary action’, just ask Alex, he’s the expert!
The Top Overall Experiment was awarded to Ava Arianna and Emma Ciliberti. Ava and Emma tested where the most bacteria is hiding in Columbus Elementary. In the future, you may want to rethink sharing pencils.
Congratulations to all who participated!