On Wednesday, April 11th, folding tables lined with colorful tri-fold poster boards filled the fellowship hall of GLOBE'S Upper Campus for the 2018 Science Fair. With this year’s theme of “Sustainability,” the 20 individual student projects explored environmental issues such as soil erosion, over-production of plastics, and green technologies like hydroelectric power, solar power, and aquaponics. Over 50 sixth and seventh grade students created projects for the fair, and parents, family members, and the entire Upper Campus visited to experience the exhibits and celebrate the students’ hard work.
The range of projects at the fair offered opportunities for interaction and engagement with questions of sustainability. For example, one student project cleverly displayed a Gatorade bottle alongside a solar-powered light charger, inviting passersby to “try a little LuminAID and quench the world’s thirst for energy.” Other posters drew in attendees by asking “what is your carbon footprint” and “which water filter” works best. Potted plants labelled by soil type helped demonstrate a project on soil sustainability, while a wheel of plastic spoons gave participants the chance to blow air to test how the amount of spoon-paddles affected the number of volts generated.
“We are building minds in the present to solve the problems of the future,” commented Mr. Zamani Smith, seventh grade science teacher and co-organizer of the event. With the excellent and innovative projects at this year’s Science Fair, our future promises to be especially bright!
Thank you to Mr. Smith and to 6th grade science teacher Ms. Malka Schwarzmer for organizing the Science Fair, and special thanks to Alyson and the Discover Science Center for helping to judge the competition and for donating prizes. The Discover Science Center also has an afterschool science laboratory club at Upper Campus.
Written by Ashley Holmes