Budding scientists and researchers in the fourth grade at Lanigan Elementary School showcased projects at the school’s annual science fair.
Lanigan Elementary School fourth grade student Braeden Dempsey explains magnetic force to Principal Robert Briggs while kindergarten students Natasha Karasek and Nick Smith play with the magnetic field that Dempsey created to illustrate this phenomenon.
Aisles of projects ranging from air quality control to safe drinking water and composting to green energy lined tables in the school’s gymnasium and were open for viewing by students and teachers at the school as well as guests from the community.
Participation in the science fair gives each fourth grade student an opportunity to explore an area of interest related to the environment and learn new things.
The students research, develop and test a hypothesis; write a report on their findings; and create eye-catching display materials that explain their topic, experiment and results.
Another component to their projects is a live demonstration and an oral presentation to their peers and guest visitors explaining the findings and scientific principles.
Ian Summerville, a fourth grade student at Lanigan Elementary School, created a composting project for his school’s science fair. His presentation describe the process of composting and included samples of what a compost pile looks like at different stages of decomposition. Mrs. Bennett is pictured above digging into a bag of compost that reached the final stage of decomposition and is ready to be added back to the earth or to a garden.
Chuck Winterhalt, a guest visitor to the Lanigan Elementary School Fourth Grade Science Fair, was intrigued by Noah Horning’s project that explored the use of solar energy to create clean water and is pictured asking Noah about the results of his test experiments.