Science fair explores experiments and hypotheses

            Students from the Sturgis Composite High and Elementary schools showcased their scientific projects to fellow students, judges, teachers and family members during the science fair on May 5. Meghan Clancy, the science teacher, organized the fair.

            Students picked a project, researched it and were required to identify a purpose, show results, make conclusions, make predictions and record any data derived from their research. Projects by students from grades three to five were not judged but the projects by students from grades six to nine were judged and awarded scores based on an established set of criteria. Judges for the fair were: Michelle Hansen, Katrina Wasylenchuk, Merv Tomski and Verna Sikorski.

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            Judges looked at creativity, project originality, applications used to interpret the data and researched information.

            The fair featured 45 projects. Projects included: the effect of music on memory, static electricity, slime, lava lamps, cube bubbles, how much sugar is included, edible bouncy balls, balloon operated vehicles, parachutes, gummy eels, most common shooting positions in basketball, hovercraft, leak-proof bag, “can you remember,” balloon speed comparison, flying magnets, bed of nails, how to make candy rock crystals sink or float, volcano eruption, elephant tooth paste, plasma, yeast, raisins, chalk rockets, mini barbecue, mini jet boats, Jello pop, sugar rockets, stacking liquids, bottle and egg, super cooling, un-mixing demonstration, taste testing, art robot, the best way to throw a football, penny cleaning and changing water’s freezing temperature.

            Among questions for which answers were sought were: what if the moon never existed; do you have what it takes to be a Canadian; which hand is more sensitive; how to make a hose with hydraulics and rollers; and what stains your teeth.