The scientific method is at the core of each entry. Each class must choose an area of science, develop a project, and implement the following components of the scientific method: ask a question, hypothesize and predict, test hypothesis, analyze results, and draw conclusions.
This year, Ms. Lisa’s life skills classroom’s “Erupting Rainbows” project incorporated chemistry with color.
Ms. Emily’s elementary classroom’s engineering “Paper Columns” project discovered that circular columns held the most weight followed by triangular and square columns.
Ms. Lauren’s middle school classroom’s engineering project of “Weight Bearing Bridges” revealed that beam bridges support a higher amount of weight than truss bridges.
Ms. Desiree’s high school classroom projects included chemical reactions with a “Volcano” and “Cleaning Pennies” project, along with a behavioral science project of “Paper Color and Memory”. The results showed that the hotter the temperature, the quicker the chemical reaction and faster eruption time for volcanoes and that coke is the best household product for cleaning oxidized pennies followed by, ketchup, vinegar, and lemon juice. The memory group found that the color blue was most conducive to memory followed by, red, green, and white.
Science experiments were on display in each classroom. Families moved throughout the building experiencing an afternoon of science and fun. They enjoyed delicious refreshments while exploring the Earth Day exhibits that were prepared by Ms. Heidi and the students, which included art projects made out of recycled and reusable materials.