KSS STEM Fair
Fun at the STEM Fair
Fair inspires students with scientific experiments
The hallways of King Street School were packed with budding scientists who shared their experiments and creations with family and classmates on March 21 during the annual STEM Fair.
This is the fourth year the school hosted the event which . The encourages students to explore the world around them. Participation is optional and all those involved receive a certificate.
The youngest students were prompted in the area of Scientific Exploration. Engineering and Design projects were the prevue of second graders and those in grades 3-5 focused on Scientific Investigations in the areas of engineering designs, technology and reports and models.
“I am amazed at how much they can explain,” Ms. Cappello said of the youngest students.
“I am surprised too,” added curriculum specialist Jessica Kingsbury.
“They are really creative,” K-11 science teacher Lindsey Chudoba said of the work the students did for the event. “They soaked up the knowledge from their science classes and focused on things they are curious about.”
The fair was a mix of more traditional experiments, like volcano eruptions, to fun with technology, as the popular remote-controlled vehicles showed.
Among the experiments was a juice dispenser where guests could sample a refreshing drink without having to contend with bottle caps and risk spilling the contents when turning the bottle upside down to pour. A button on the top of the container did all of the work.
For their experiment fifth-graders Sofia Rinello and Emily Garcia developed a Volleyball Engineering Machine. The two were inspired by Emily’s older sister who plays volleyball. Their prototype used ping pong balls to launch them into an area where they would be contained.
Just down the hall fifth-graders Melina Morban and Melinda Soler attempted their volcano experiment. After mixing the appropriate ingredients together and pouring the mixture into the volcano they waited to see what would happen.
“It was really messy,” admitted Melina when the two were testing their project together at home.
“I was worried it would not work,” a relieved Melinda said moments after their homemade volcano exploded by fizzing and bubbling over the opening.
At another table visitors could get a high-five from “Bert,” a small remote controlled vehicle which was manipulated through an iPad by fifth-graders Bryan Sachs and Ben Santos Olson.
“It’s supposed to pick up garbage so there is no more pollution,” Bryan said of the vehicle, which had a bucket loader in front.
Underneath a large sheet of black fabric, third-grader Mariana Torres was explained the solar system to guests. The cover provided a dark background for the planets and stars which were lit up as Mariana discussed their relationship with one another.
“She’s wonderful,” science teacher Lucille Cappello said after listening to Mariana’s presentation. “In fifth grade we study the solar system, she’ll be an expert.”
Best friends and third-graders Antonia Rieke and Nayeli Penaloza worked together on a display showing what happens during an eclipse. Nayeli explained that an eclipse had just passed and the
celestial event interested them and they wanted to learn more.
Antonia noted that they researched the seven stages of an eclipse.
Third-grader Brenda Ramirez explored how to make bubbles last longer.
She discovered that glycerin is the special ingredient that makes bubbles keep their ever-changing, stay-intact shape longer before they pop due to its density.
Fourth-grader Nicholas Villanova had an idea in his head when he began to think of a project for the fair.
He gathered up PVC pipe, caster wheels, wood board and three iPads intending to make a go-cart.
He ended up with cart that he named Hover Armour. Standing on a hover board, Nicholas was surrounded by large piece of the wood board, which were held together by the PVC pipes. He could push the craft and move it around the room, using the iPads as his eyes to ensure he did not run into anyone.
Fourth-grader Hayden Anti likes robotics. His interest inspired him and his partner, Yulian Gonzalvo, to build a robotic truck. The truck was part of a kit where the user constructs the vehicle and employs an app to develop a program to make the truck move.
In addition to moving forward, backward and side to side, the truck could dance.
Both Hayden and Yulian joined the truck in busting out some moves before they had to stop from giggling so much.