Little Scientists, Big Ideas

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Campbell Science Fair 09 009.jpgOver 100 teams of third and fourth graders exhibited, explained, and demonstrated weeks of scientific research at the Campbell School Science Fair last Thursday evening. 

 

Gianna and Bella studied 12 of the 88 zodiac constellations and constructed a star gazing box where participants were able to see how each of the constellations appear in the night sky.  Sam and Jake studied and explained the power of lightening.  Alanna and Brielle experimented with bouncy balls and tested the hypothesis that a ball will always bounce to the same fraction of its initial drop height; John and Michael studied static electricity and conducted tests to see if they could remove particles of pollutants emitted by power plants; Emily, Cristina, and Caitlyn studied tornadoes and Nicole studied the planets in our solar system. Stephen and Collin presented "Baseball - The Science of the Swing" and explained the differences between bats, what makes a "sweet spot," and charted the results of a batting experiment.  I saw the reaction of plants when fed soda and coffee versus water, underwater fireworks, and many, many other fabulous projects.

 

Congratulations Mr. Nolde and all of the students who worked so hard to make the night a success!

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My second grader had a great time going to each exhibit methodically and loved getting a person explanation of each one! I'm pretty sure he learning something too.

The Science Fair is one of my favorite activities of the year. As a parent, I feel it's my job to help my child pick a good topic and then to oversee the experimental process. There is definitely parental involvement, and I think that's appropriate at this level. However, I felt it was important that my daughter do the work herself, and that she and her partner design and create the presentation. Some of the projects were clearly done by the parents, which is a shame. Not only does it take away from the educational opportunity for the kids, it makes the presentations that were done by the kids look poor by comparison.

Excellent news; I am no longer a parent of young children in town, but happy to read that the Science Fair is alive and well in our schools!

I thought so too, the kids really knew their subject matter and could talk about it. It was a lot of fun talking to them and asking questions.

I was really impressed by how "unprofessional" the projects were - making me think most of the children really did do their own work. And their presentations as you visited each student also proved that they learned about whatever it was they worked on - they were terrific!

The parents all did a great job on their projects! LOL!

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