A wide array of science fair projects were on display in the Staunton Elementary gymnasium Friday morning. The school's fourth graders were required to do projects in an attempt to increase the typically low number of participants in the Clay County Science Fair, which is today from 9 to 11 a.m. at Northview High School. Students of all ages, from elementary through high school, will compete against their peers at the event.
This assignment was also given in the hopes that it could boost the students' interest in science. In addition, teachers thought it may help prepare the children for a challenge they will face next year. As fifth graders, they will be tested on science on the ISTEP for the first time.
Each student had to go through the whole scientific process in order to prove his or her hypothesis. They could base their experiments on anything they wanted as long as they fit into one of four categories: Earth science, life science, physical science or the human body.
Out of 55 children, about 46 participated in the fair. Although not all of them are entering the county-wide contest, Evelyn Greenwood, a fourth grade teacher at Staunton, thought the results of the assignment were a success.
"I am just really amazed," she said. "I've never seen so many kids excited about science. That's what we wanted."