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High school, college students interview project creators at fair

March 17, 2016
Westfield Republican

Students from the Regents Physics class at Chautauqua Lake Central School recently served as judges for the district's annual elementary Science Fair, teaming up to interview the fifth graders about their projects. To select the prize-winning projects, the older students asked questions to determine creative ability, scientific thought, thoroughness, skill and clarity, dramatic value, accomplishment of purpose, and presentation.

After judging was completed, future teachers studying at SUNY Fredonia also visited the Fair. The college students are learning about science education from teacher Kim Weborg-Benson, who also serves on the school board at Chautauqua Lake. To better understand what the students are capable of, the Fredonia students interviewed the fifth grade scientists and viewed the displays.

Award winners were announced in a school assembly. The grand prize went to Alex McKee's project, "Nail Polish Price vs. Quality: The Chemistry Behind It."

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Future teachers studying at SUNY Fredonia recently visited the elementary Science Fair at Chautauqua Lake Central School to interview fifth graders about their projects. Fredonia students Maria DeSantis (left) and Julia Taboni listen as Alex McKee explains her research on the chemistry of nail polish, which was the grand prize winning project.

First place winners were Natalie Gilkinson for "The Maze of Frustration" and Olivia Herington and Jenna Waters, who teamed up on a tornado simulator.

Second place went to Parker Gilmore's project, "Keep Cool!" and to Ethan Testa, whose experiment demonstrated "The Surprising Strength of Egg Shells."

Hunter McCaslin earned a third place finish for "Magical Moving Colors," with another third place honor going to Logan Tarr, whose project documented the difference between a tetra fish and a Danio GloFish, the only genetically modified animal publicly available in the United States.

Projects by Hallie Boardman, Dylan Cole, Evan Flurie, Hannah Group, Hedgie Meadows, Jonah Reyda, Bradley Smith and Jessiely Woods received honorable mentions.

Science projects by students in Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade were displayed in the corridors throughout the school. Teacher Shari Tennies coordinates the annual educational event. Steven Johnston teaches the physics students who judged the fifth grade projects.

 
 
 

 

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