HISD hosts annual Elementary Science Fair

HISD hosts annual Elementary Science Fair
Posted on 02/23/2018

A total of 125 students from all HISD elementary schools filled the Palo Alto Performing Arts Center to present their projects during the annual Elementary Science Fair on Feb. 16.

The group of students that competed at the district fair represented the top three projects from all third, fourth and fifth grade school levels. This year, projects ranged from questions exploring the world of physical sciences to earth and living sciences.

“The Elementary Science Fair is such an exciting time for our students and our campuses,” HISD Elementary Science Facilitator Meghan Guerrero said. “Students discover how their world works, and it provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their science investigating and reasoning skills, while developing their science literacy and critical thinking, as they answer questions, solve relevant problems and use evidence to defend their thinking.”

Among the questions being displayed included: “Can one marble move two marbles off a ruler?” “Do all candles have the same melting point?” “Which fruit will rot in the sun?” and “How does pH differ with different water sources before and after filtration?”

“We had an amazing turn out and the quality of projects are definitely increasing as the years continue,” Guerrero added.

The judging process involved two phases. First, two judges assessed each board on the question, background research, results collected and conclusion without the student present. The two judges’ scores were then added up to identify the top 10 projects per grade level. As this point, another set of judges came in and interviewed the top 10 projects to determine the first, second and third place winners.

During the fair, students also had the opportunity to interact with multiple science and STEM organizations from around the city. Representatives from Girls Inc., The DoSeum, UTSA iTec, Texas A&M AgriLife, Institute of Texan Cultures SAVIG and the HISD Instructional Technology Department exposed students to the engineering process, augmented reality and robot coding.

“Students got to build terrariums, solved mathematical problems with excitement and challenged problem solving skills while building a bridge to drive a car across,” Guerrero said.

Following the competition, parents and students were invited to attend the Award Ceremony held at Harlandale HS Auditorium to see all the winners.

 

Third grade winners

First Place - Navaeh Cantu, Morrill ES, Can worms Regenerate?

Second Place - Brayden Rodriguez, Rayburn ES, What boils faster milk or water?

Third Place - Sophia Garcia, Wright ES, Do all liquids freeze at the same rate?

 

Fourth grade winners

First Place - Addison Acosta, Schulze ES, Can exercise make your brain work better?

Second Place - Nathan Moreno, Gillette ES, How will adding different Kool-aid flavors to water affect the time it takes the water to reach its boiling point?

Third Place - Nathaniel Salazar, SWF ES, Can cut flowers last longer with food packet?

 

Fifth grade winners

First PlaceJose Vasquez, Gilbert ES, The effect of temperature on the bounce of a tennis ball?

Second PlaceAlita Uresti, Bellaire ES, The big bubble theory

Third PlaceKeivi Alejandro Jaques, Vestal ES, ¿Cual chicle conserva el sabor más  tiempo?

 

Way to go, elementary students! 

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