DYS students held their annual Science Fair in the gym last Thursday, with 77 projects varying from electricity, bread mold, as we age, bridges construction, engineering, cleaning compounds, crystals and much more.
You can say it was sharp minds at work, with plenty of research evident in the finished projects.
Science fairs allow students to delve into things of interest, without the confines of a set curriculum. And that is a positive, according to students taking part in such a fair at DYS.
In the evening, an open house was held giving parents and friends a view of how well accomplished students are at their creative types of projects presented.
“It also gives you time to experiment about what you want to learn about and not what is in the curriculum,” noted one student.
“It is a freedom of liking the project your assembling.”
“When I was working by myself rather than in the classroom it was using my own mind rather than relying on the teacher,” noted another.
Cody Drennan used for his project on bridge testing. “This project is on what type of bridge holds the most weight,” Cody said, and what kind of bridges are stable to be built in cities. Materials used for early bridges were wood and concrete, like the Whippe’s Truss bridge.
“The simplest kind is the beam bridge, they are built from steel, timber and metal consisting of triangles, square diamonds and trapezoids. By this experiment I learned which type of bridge will hold the most weight, it happened to be the cable bridge would win,” he noted.
Heather Williams’ project, “Roots,” was thoroughly researched. She experimented to determine the effect of gravity on plant roots, and found out their growth is faster in complete light. If put into half light it will expand its growth much faster than plants in complete darkness.
Grade five student, Britta DeGroot, concentrated on “Ravishing Roots.” She studied to create the fastest rooting system, and determined Geranium plants would root better in fertilizer soil, followed by vermi-soil fertilizer, water, plain water and plain soil.
Grade five student Ashlee Nordstrom was busy on “Sidedness.” This project is to determine which side of the body is used the most. The left hemisphere of the brain is most dominant as reportedly 90 percent of people are right handed.
“As we age, what happens?” was one student’s project. The purpose of this experiment was to find out how age affects reaction time. The results showed that older people have a quicker reaction time than the younger generation!
Other projects displayed were: Jordan Meyers “Water Acidity,” George Kemper “Molds,” “Wonders of Taste” by Kali Wieringa, Sam Nussbaumer “Magical Melting,” TJ Roen with “Metal vs. Rust,” and Sarah Hoskins with “Crystals.”
The various presentations were very well formulated, stressed one teacher. Getting everything together took quite a while, it showed that it shows creativeness.