Kutztown Science Fair Packed with High Quality Projects
The Kutztown Area School District’s 5th Grade Science Fair, in its twelfth year, is still creating scientists and exciting the community. Twenty Science Fair projects created by thirty-one 5th grade scientists were on public display on Friday, February 16th, at the Kutztown Middle School as part of the district’s STEAM Factory. The Science Fair is an “Innovative Activity” which is supported annually by the KASD Education Foundation
Individual projects for 2018 included experimentation on squirrels’ peanut butter preferences, welding, healthier bacon, slime, the germ destroying power of wipes, stealthy shapes, and the best fruit for gelatin. Group category projects included experiments on mold, distillation by evaporation, nail polish, arrow speed, color tinting of flowers, the effectiveness of numerous cleaners, and the aptly named “Marshmallow Mayhem.”
While every scientist received a participation medal, the following scientists earned trophies for their efforts. In the Individual category, the first place trophy went to “Doggy Dilemma,” by scientist Scott Ashman. Scott researched left or right paw preference in dogs, especially his dog. Second place went to “Can I Lick Your Face,” by Anna Nicotra, which answered the question about dog vs. human for the cleanest mouth. Third place was earned by a project on earth movement, “Shake, Rattle, and Roll,” by Anna Wanamaker.
In the Group category, first place trophies were given to Kayla Schappell and Rebecca Batz for “Yummy!” a project on the prevention of apples from browning. “The Ultimate Wrapper,” a project testing different food wrap products, was done by Susanna Brown, Tucker Hilliard, and David Neuenschwander. This project took second place. Receiving the third place trophy was “Tooth or Dare,” by Lilia Pizzelanti and Miranda Morstatt. These scientists used egg shells as a tooth substitute to determine the effect of different liquids on the development of tooth decay.
The Science Fair project area was shared by the Middle School Science Olympiad, Boyle’s Beasts, Future City, FFA, Girls Who Code, an extensive student art show, and a food court run by the school’s music booster group. Along with the numerous other STEAM Factory exploration and creation stations, the evening was a huge success.
Article Submitted By Linda Schroeder, Science Fair Coordinator