Morris Bye students demonstrate science skills

Some 100 Morris Bye Elementary School, Coon Rapids, students demonstrated their knowledge and understanding of science Jan. 15.

Grace Karr (left) and Morgan Schultz (right), both fifth-graders, joined forces for their science fair project, “What Can Produce Electricity.” In their experiments, the girls found that potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples, carrots, soda and apple juice did. For their experiments, they connected the product to a digital clock with two strips of copper and zinc.

Grace Karr (left) and Morgan Schultz (right), both fifth-graders, joined forces for their science fair project, “What Can Produce Electricity.” In their experiments, the girls found that potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples, carrots, soda and apple juice did. For their experiments, they connected the product to a digital clock with two strips of copper and zinc.

Third- fourth- and fifth-graders were taking part in the school’s annual science fair, an annual tradition for more than 20 years.

“It was entirely optional for students to enter,” said Erinn Weinmann, kindergarten through third-grade science teacher at the school and science fair coordinator.

Students also had to do the project outside of school hours, according to Weinmann.

The science fair was promoted to students within the school and she encouraged her third-grade students to sign up, Weinmann said.

“Students were excited to take part,” she said.

In fact, the 100 or so participants were spread evenly over the three grades, Weinmann said.

Students were given some guidelines, but the choice of project was their’s to make, she said.

Judges were District 11 staff members and Morris Bye parents, Weinmann said.

According to Weinmann, judges looked at the students’ grasp and understanding of their projects and their ability to present their projects orally, as well as scientific methodology.

“Everyone got a medal for entering the science fair,” Weinmann said.

And when the judges scores are tallied, students receiving the highest totals will be awarded a ribbon, she said.

Six students who took part in the Morris Bye science fair also entered their projects in the Anoka-Hennepin District 11 STEM Fair, which took place Jan. 19, Weinmann said.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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