RACINE — Seventh and eighth grade students at Southern Elementary recently held their annual Science Fair.
Sydney Cleland received Best of Show, and Austin McKibben was named first runner-up. Spencer Harrison and Miranda Greenlee tied for second runner-up.
Cleland’s project was titled, “Is purified pond water better than bottled water?”; Mckibben’s project was titled, “Moldy French fries”; Harrison’s project was titled, “Cleaning pennies with ketchup”; Greenlee’s project was titled, “Fluffy marshmallow.”
The goal of a science fair project is to extend a student’s understanding of science. Science is hands-on by nature, and there is no doubt that hands-on experiences facilitate the learning process.
The scientific method allows student scientists to collect and analyze data in a fun and hands on manner. When students use the scientific method to design and execute a project, they use the same steps professional researchers use to gather new information. More importantly, science projects make science more fun and relevant to the student. Every student, regardless of aptitude, can benefit from planning and executing an inquiry-based science project.
A science project can be a great way to spark a student’s interest in science or to help a student develop a broader interest in research.