Banneker Holds Annual Science Fair


by Terry Rogers


Jaxon Moran with his balloon experiment

On Thursday, February 20, Benjamin Banneker Elementary School held their Annual Science Fair. All students in grades 1 through 5 are encouraged to participate in the Science Fair each year.

“We review the steps required and show students examples of previous year’s projects,” Bobbie Kilgore, Principal at Banneker, said. “Students are also shown prizes that will be awarded to encourage them to participate although the Science Fair is completely voluntary.”

Jaxon Moran created an experiment that was designed to determine whether a balloon filled with water would pop faster than a balloon filled with air. He proved his hypothesis that the balloon filled with cold water did not pop as fast as the balloon filled with air. Elizabeth Abbate performed her experiment on growing crystals. 

“I got a crystal growing kit for Christmas,” Abbate said. “When I was coming up with ideas for the Science Fair, I thought it would be a good idea to use the crystals. What I did was determine what formulas for growing crystals worked the best. My favorite is the big blue one because it really looks like a crystal.”

Elizabeth Abbate with her crystal experiment

Emma Barrows submitted an experience for the Science Fair, trying to prove if practice really did make perfect. She practiced her multiplication tables, playing basketball and playing a video game each day to determine if she got better at those three things.

“When I looked at the data, I saw that I improved at my multiplication tables the most with practice,” Barrows said. “Although it looks like my graph for the video game is going down, my time improved a lot as I practiced. I didn’t improve at basketball, but my Dad and my sister did. I think I proved my hypothesis that practice does make perfect. This was a lot of fun, but I really love science.”

According to Kilgore, the Science Fair gives students the opportunity to practice experiments that interest them. While the school conducts various experiments within the school day, they are structured and crafted for the students.

“The Science Fair allows students the chance to craft their own hypothesis about a topic that interests them and then to investigate to see if their hypothesis is correct or not,” Kilgore said. “Science Fair projects incorporate not just Science but Math and ELA skills as well. The students love it because they design and complete their investigations independently.”

Emma Barrows with her “practice makes perfect” exhibit

In first grade, Ava Popelas won first prize for her “Do You Think a Flower Can Change Color?” experiment. The second-place winner in first grade was Loralei Mensack whose experiment was “What is the Most Common Color of M&M?” Bridget Robison took third place for her “Growing Crystal” experiment.

Ella Clukey’s “Frozen Orbeez” experiment won first place in second grade. Emmalynn Green won second place for her experiment “Does the Temperature of a Tennis Ball Affect How High it bounces.” In third grade, “5 Second Rule:  Fact or Fiction,” created by Kaden Corson, took first place. Aiyana Newsome won second place for her “Candy Cane Experiment” and Shivan Patel won third place for his experiment called “Pop Pop.”

First place in fourth grade went to Kai Vezmar for his experiment “Rust,” second place to Saanvi Patel for an experiment titled “Which Band-Aid Sticks on the Longest,” and third place to Courtney Popelas for an experiment entitled “Do You Think an Egg can Bounce?”

“Don’t Drop the Ball,” an experiment by Sara Barrows & Emylee Bennett, took first place for fifth grade students. Aviana Shaw won second place for an experiment titled “Which Popcorn Pop’s The Best Without Burning?” and Rushi Patel took third place for “Minty Breath.”

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