St. Mary’s fifth-grader Gage Lorring displays his award-winning results on paper airplane design from the school’s science fair this week. Kayla Desroches/KMXT photo
“My project is how to make a volcano,” said young scientist Janey Eufemil to the sound of fizzing from the volcano she made for St. Mary’s School Science Fair.
Students in grades 4 to 8 exhibited their experiments at the St. Mary’s science fair Tuesday. Teacher Tia Leber says the children come up with a hypothesis, run experiments with a control, and cite sources.
“It helps them kinda solidify their curiosity. You know, what are you curious about? What’s one of your hobbies? Because they spend so much time – they spend about six weeks on this project,” she said. “We want them to do something that they enjoy doing.”
Judges from the community walked around with clipboards and scoring papers. Many were from Fish and Game, and at least one, Dan Urban, was from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He says picking a winner was a tough decision.
“They’re all really, really good and the kids put a lot of time into it and poured their hearts into it,” he said. “And that’s kinda the hardest part, is seeing who’s the best.”
Joycie Garchitorena is in 7th grade and won the grand prize by finding out if siblings have similar fingerprints.
“There was 57.2% of the kids (that) had matches within the left hand within family members,” she said. “So there’s a strong family resemblance in fingerprints.”
Other experiments tested whether a paper airplane’s style and weight affected its performance and whether people could taste the difference between red and silver salmon.