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Carnation Elementary Science Fair … ‘WOW!’

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD
When asked to share some details about the recent science fair at Carnation Elementary School, Principal Doug Poage began with a resounding, "Wow," and continued, "I am always amazed at the variety of projects. I would estimate there were over 300-plus science fair projects set up in the MPR and hallway at Carnation Elementary! One would think, with that many projects you would see the same thing over and over, but that’s NOT the case."

Mr. Poage continued to express his pride, sharing that the best part of this event by far is seeing the children’s faces as they explain their project and the process they went through to each other and to the families in attendance. All students did an exemplary job at showcasing their projects, explaining the processes involved, and showing a genuine support and interest of other students’ work.

There were in fact an abundance of amazing exhibits at this year’s Science Fair, including projects with hypotheses such as:

"Holding the MONSTER Load" … Which diaper holds the most liquid?

Does food coloring change the effect of the fresh water in an estuary model?

Does the type of chocolate affect the speed in which it melts?

Does gender affect your ability to identify scent?

Which air freshener lasts the longest?

The effect of light on plant growth.

Does color affect our mood?

In addition to the current success of the existing Carnation science programs, some other good news shared during the evening was that with the support of REF (Riverview Education Foundation) and a $3,000 grant, Carnation Elementary will be adding an arts and science lab to their school next fall.

Mr. Poage explained, "Room 140 will become a laboratory of art and science for teachers, docents and community members to use to help students get ‘down and dirty’ with messy hands-on science and arts projects. We can’t wait to purchase our new science equipment; including class sets of microscopes, integrated technology systems with Active Boards (from recent Tech Levy funds), Internet resources, dissection tools, and a multitude of resources and models for teachers to help students get more actively engaged in science!"

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science

–Albert Einstein

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