Ingenuity of First Form Students on Display at Science Fair
"The Science of Slingshots." "Is the Five-Second Rule True?" "Science Behind Tooth Decay." These are just a few of the many fascinating projects displayed by First Form students at this year's Science Fair.
The Form I Science Fair is the culmination of the Science 1 class. In this course, students focus on the scientific method, data analysis, and communicating science through various topics and experiments. "Around Thanksgiving, the students (in pairs), start to brainstorm ideas and questions that they would like to work on for the Science Fair," explains science teacher Dr. Elizabeth Davis, who helps coordinate the effort. "After submitting two proposals, they ultimately choose one idea, do background research on the topic, design their own experiment, conduct that experiment, and present their work at the Science Fair in March." Dr. Davis notes that it is a lot of hard work for the students, but by the time the Science Fair arrives, they are all relative experts on their chosen projects, which range from chemistry to physics to earth science to biology. "Year after year, I am always proud to see them explaining their work to faculty and to parents during the poster presentation, and to see how much they have grown as scientists over the course of the year."
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