Nearly 200 Westwood Intermediate School fourth- and fifth-grade students spent eight weeks working on their projects in advance of the March 25 science fair, a much-anticipated school tradition since 1989.
Students were able to create and perform experiments, to demonstrate their work and to explain models and collections as a team or individually. They had the opportunity to share their projects with their classmates during the day, and again in the evening with their families on Tuesday, March 25.
There were more than 125 science fair projects covering a range of topics, including Newton’s first law of inertia, a Peltier thermoelectric device, organic and non-organic vegetables, a plating chemical reaction, a catapult projectile launch, the effects of smoking, quicksand, acupuncture and pressure points, moon phases, water slide speed and soil’s effect on Earth.
“The student[s] produced excellent displays and models representing what they worked on for so long,” said Jan Burda, a fifth-grade teacher and science fair organizer. “We’re so proud of the hard work and effort that they put into each of their projects. From their research, videotaping [and] creation of models and intricate display boards, it was evident that students enjoyed what they were learning and had a sense of pride in what they had accomplished. They spoke with confidence and a deep understanding of their topic while sharing with their peers, families and other science fair guests.”
The science fair is a biennial event at Westwood Intermediate School.