During November, students in the K-8 participated in our annual Science Fair. They researched science questions, performed tests, recorded their observations and information, and presented and displayed tri-fold boards. Judges included three high school science teachers from our Independent Study Program.
Our winners this year include three talented students. Two 7th graders took 2nd and 3rd place for supercooling/snap-freezing water and examining the sugar content in soda, respectively. For the supercooling experiment, Josh examined what type of water (tap, spring, filtered, or distilled) was capable of remaining a liquid when its temperature fell below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. He discovered that distilled water was capable of reaching a colder temperature and immediately freezing when introduced to a small piece of ice. For the examination of sugar content in soda, Maryana boiled Coke and Sprite until the water evaporated and nothing but the sugar was left behind. The remaining sugar was then weighed and compared to the amount listed on the soda’s nutrition labels. The collected sugar was then presented with the student’s display board and really amplified how much sugar is consumed when we drink sodas.
Our 1st place winner’s experiment tested whether or not resistance to pain (placing a foot in ice-cold water) could be lessened by a distraction. In this case, the distraction was playing a video game. Alexis discovered that when someone is distracted, resistance to pain increases.
Thanks to all the students who participated! Everyone did a nice job.