Cedarcrest High School presents 5th annual Science and Engineering Fair

  • Written by Leanne Christensen, RSD

Ever wonder whether a “green” refrigerator could be built that runs on internal electromagnetism instead of electric current from an external source?

Or whether twitter feeds can be used to track the spread of disease?

How about whether silicone can be used to visualize Young’s famous Double-Slit Experiment?

You can explore these ideas – and much more – in the Cedarcrest High School commons area on Saturday, February 25, when the science faculty presents its fifth annual Science and Engineering Fair.

The fair marks the culmination of a five-month process during which students gained first-hand experience in applying the scientific method to an area of interest. Students selected topics in mid-September, and after conducting a thorough literature review, presented research or project proposals to their peers and science instructors in early November.

Proposals for inquiry projects consisted of a research question and rationale, a testable hypothesis, and a clear methodology for testing it.

Proposals for non-inquiry projects consisted of an engineering, mathematical, or other goal and a method to reach it. Upon receiving approval, students were free to begin collecting data or otherwise develop their projects.

Completed projects consist of (1) a documented paper in which the entire research and/or development process is described, (2) a logbook which presents a detailed and dated record of everything that was done, and (3) an eye-catching display.

Students will set up their projects from 2 – 5 on Friday afternoon, February 24, with judging to occur on Saturday morning, February 25.

Round one, involving judges only, begins at 8 a.m. Round two, involving student interviews with their judges, will occur from 11 – 11:45 a.m., with public viewing beginning at 2 p.m. Presentation of awards will take place in the school theatre beginning at approximately 2:45.

Selected projects may advance to the Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair which will be held on Saturday, March 10, at Bellevue College, and to the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair to be held at Olympic College in Bremerton on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31st.

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