WINDSOR – How Gummy Bears hold up under different liquids and how commercials that elicit emotions impact viewers were just two areas St. Gabriel School students explored for their annual Science Fair. Although participation for elementary grades is optional, 119 students created 81 projects this year, including 40 percent of students in grades one through five. Kindergartners enter one project as a class.
Topics also included generating electricity, growing mold and testing ways to make a liquid freeze fastest; smell and memory in rats; and electromagnets, to name a few.
Judges were local people who work in education- or science-related fields. Awards were given by grade for first, second and third place as well as honorable mention for most grades. The fair was open to families and friends on Jan. 29.
The top four winners from grades seven and eight may participate in the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair on March 11 at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.
Students eligible to participate are Max Mossberg, first place, grade eight, for “Bio vs. Fossil Fuels”; Justin Lam, second place, grade eight, “Electromagnets”; Adanya Jeudy, second place, grade seven, “How Color Affects Heat”; and Emil Shwayhat, third place, grade seven, “Acceleration Explanation.”
Taylor Douglas, who won first place in the seventh grade for “Laugh, Cry, but Which Will You Buy?” will not participate in the fair in Hamden because the nature of her project, which involved surveying individuals, makes it ineligible.
Science teacher Meg Rosa annually encourages students to delve into new ideas and try projects different from those done in past years. As a result, students explored basic ideas in new ways and expanded on classic experiments to find something different to study and display.