Kids have always loved science. It captures their imagination and intrigues and inspires them. This year’s Washington Primary School Science Fair saw dozens of fourth graders submit individual projects along with class projects that were developed by youngsters in kindergarten through third grade.
The fair utilized the school gym and included long tables on which project presentation boards and related items were placed. The projects covered a variety of subjects and including some rather fascinating experiments.
Classes presented their projects to each other during the school day and students were given an opportunity to tour through the work developed by the fourth graders. Parents and family members later turned out for an hour-long display at night. More than 100 parents took time to study each project. Many students were on hand to discuss their work and answer questions.
“The projects were exceptional this year,” Principal Marsha Neville said. “Our students showed both ingenuity and initiative. The result of their work was interesting and informative. They presented their findings clearly and coherently.”
The process started weeks earlier as students discussed their ideas with their parents and teachers. Participants received an information packet with ideas, guidelines and an explanation of the scientific method; a prescribed set of steps used by scientists to conduct valid experiments. While they received reminders and inspiration at school, the majority of the work occurred at home.
Teachers and parents remarked how impressive the projects were and noted the visually attractive nature of each presentation. Fourth grader Parker Hepworth, who earned the award the most outstanding project overall, will advance to the Brookhaven National Laboratory’s annual science fair competition later this spring.
The fourth grade award recipients include:
Overall Outstanding Project
Teacher Elizabeth Flanagan’s Class
1. Maggie O’Toole
2. Anthony Addeo
3. Ryan Avila-Aponte
Teacher Vivian Joseph’s Class
1. Teah Login
2. Abby Schueller
3. Nicolas Francis
Teacher Cindy Palmirotto’s Class
1. Ayrianna Smith
2. Harrison Uvena
3. Ada Cruz-Gutierrez