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Kids take science seriously

By Staff | Mar 9, 2012

Kayla Welsh and Claire Price researched and presented information on gluten for their science fair project.

SHEPHERDSTOWN -Students at Shepherdstown Elementary School presented 72 projects to judges during the school’s annual Science Fair held Monday. Organized by Cheryl Lawrence, the event was open to students in grades 3 through 5.

Each student or pair of students were required to use the scientific method in their project and present results in a visual display to be judged by guest judges. Offering their services as what Mrs. Lawrence referred to as “kid friendly judges with science background and interest were Joe Walter, Jim Hill, Fannie Smith, Fred Dubay, Dr. Phil Aguila, Max Moore, Tony Jamison, Tom Conlon, Bill Wilcox and John Griffith.

During judging each student or pair had to not only offer their display, but had to present an oral description to the judge(s) and answer questions of the judges as well. The judging was based on creative ability and dramatic value, scientific thought, thoroughness, skill and clarity. Each participant was recognized for the work they put into the project at an open house on Monday evening. Based on a point value, each child received a ribbon or certificate.

Students chose projects from topics in physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and the environment.