From oceans to the life of stars; from coding to ancient Egyptian brick making. Central School's science fair, held April 11, boasted 115 projects from 136 participants spanning grades K-5! Fourth grade teacher Lizzy Appleby said that the goal of the science fair is to spark student interest in science. Teachers provide potential ideas to students, "but it is very open ended. All students are invited to participate in the science fair, while fifth graders are required to create a project of their choice."
According to Appleby, this was the 30th year of the science fair. The fair originated with former 5th grade teacher Bobbe Pennington and her husband. Then, three years ago, when Pennington retired, Appleby, along with 5th grade teacher Annick Cooper and kindergarten teacher Amy Kelliher, took the reigns.
The fair doesn't judge projects or give out awards. This allows students the freedom to create and foster their ideas pressure-free. During the event, students remain at their stations for about 30 minutes; explaining their projects and answering questions while people circulate. Then, students who participated have the opportunity to explore other projects and learn from their fellow classmates while someone else is stationed at their booth.