Harlandale ISD hosts Elementary Science Fair

Elementary School Science Fair

Excited students and proud teachers filled the Palo Alto Performing Arts Center for the Harlandale ISD Annual Elementary Science Fair on Feb. 22.

It was a morning of science experiments and fun as more than 100 students from all Harlandale ISD elementary schools presented their hard work and experimental results.

The group of students that competed at the district fair represented the top projects from all third, fourth and fifth grade school levels. Students and parents walked through the center to view their peers’ final projects and results. All students beamed with pride, as they seemed satisfied with their final presentations.

The questions being displayed included: “Do sugary drinks cause tooth decay?” “Are fingerprints inherited?” “Organic/Nonorganic: Which Stays fresher longer?” and “How does sound travel?”

Projects are judged in two rounds. In the first round, projects are judged twice using a rubric that focuses on excellence in the scientific method. In the second round, a distinguished judge for each grade level will evaluate the top 10 projects, using the same rubric as well as an interview with the student where they will evaluate the students thinking and learning through the whole process.

“The goal of the Science Fair is to propagate scientific thinking in our elementary students and, hopefully, provide our teachers and students with opportunities to apply their developing science skills in a real-world investigation,” Harlandale ISD Science Coordinator Matthew Simonds said.

Students that attended the fair also got additional exposure to science-related organizations like Girls Inc., The DoSeum, SAWS, Texas A&M AgriLife, HISD GT and the HISD Instructional Technology team.

“This science fair was planned and orchestrated by our wonderful Elementary Science Facilitator Meghan Guerrero and an outstanding teacher from Schulze elementary, Andriana Aguilar-Lapoint. Without their hard work and dedication, this would not have been possible,” Simonds added.

Following the competition, parents and students were invited to attend the Award Ceremony taking place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to see all the winners.

Third grade winners:

First place - Andres Pacheco (Bellaire): Roses in Bloom (Affect of caffeine on plant growth)

Second place - Fernanda Tierranegra (Collier): Que se calienta mas rapido; augua o tierra

Third place - Kassidy Castillo (Vestal): Does talking to plants affect plant growth? Will unkind words versus kind words affect this growth?

Fourth grade winners:

First place - Ashley Garcia (Adams): Rinse your fruit or keep it cool

Second place - Naveah Cantu (Morrill): Friction

Third place - Ashton Ploch (Morrill): How does coffee affect the color of your teeth & dies tooth whitening help?

Fifth grade winners:

First place - Hannah Aguirre (Vestal): What fruits or vegetables can generate the most electricity?

Second place - Hailey Morales (Collier): How does the amount of sugar in homemade ice cream affect how fast it freezes?

Third place - Violet Markowski (Gilbert): Gummy Bear Osmosis

Way to go, students!

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