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Lanigan Fourth Graders Love Science

Lanigan fourth graders devised some creative assignments for a recent science fair.

Projects ranged from your traditional solar system to an experiment testing which brand of nail polish lasts the longest.

Meghan Galvin questions which brand and kind of potato chips has less grease.
Meghan Galvin questions which brand and kind of potato chips has less grease.

Meghan Galvin got her inspiration while eating potato chips.

She asked herself, “Which brand of potato chips has more grease?”

In doing some research, Galvin discovered that National Potato Chip Day is March 14, which is coincidentally her birthday.

So, she decided to compare the Price Chopper brand of potato chips to the Lays brand as well as plain chips verses wavy chips.

Using grid paper, Galvin measured the size of the grease stains left by each bag of chips.

Her hypothesis was that the Lays brand would have more grease.

Fourth grader Jaylin Rodriquez showcases her solar system science project.
Fourth grader Jaylin Rodriquez showcases her solar system science project.

But her test results showed that they actually had less grease than the Price Chopper brand.

Also, the plain chips showed less grease than the wavy chips.

Tyler Mills wanted to learn more about tornadoes and used his project to create one of his own.

Using cardboard, tape, a small fan and a light, he constructed a simulated tornado box.

“You put dry ice and hot water inside and a tornado forms,” said Mills.

Parents and teachers were pleased with the creativity and learning that occurred at the Lanigan fourth grade science fair.

Tyler Mills constructs his own simulated tornado for the Lanigan fourth grade science fair.
Tyler Mills constructs his own simulated tornado for the Lanigan fourth grade science fair.