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Science fair brings creativity, hypotheses to Leighton Elementary

Leighton Elementary students showed off their academic skills and creativity as part of the school’s inaugural Science Fair.
Held recently throughout the building, students in grades kindergarten through six explained to classmates, teachers and special guests how the scientific method applied to their projects.
Sixth-grade teacher James Hartmann, who helped coordinate the effort, said the Science Fair would not have been possible without the vision of Principal Kara Shore and financial assistance from the Terra Foundation to cover the cost of materials and related supplies.
Primary grades worked on full-class projects, including observing how rain clouds work using shaving cream and colored water and creating sounds with vibration using rubber bands. Students in Carolyn Dehm’s second-grade class explained all about the states of matter with their butter churning experiment.
“You can pour liquids and solids stay in shape,” said second-grader Sasha Cloonan. “We’re churning butter from a liquid to a solid because the fat particles join together.”
Leighton students in intermediate grade levels picked what they wanted to research using the scientific method and after trail-and-error periods they created a tri-fold presentation explaining all about their process and ultimate finds. Emily Brown originally wanted to light a bulb using a motor but then settled for making a pinwheel spin.
The fun continued in the gymnasium where physical education teacher Deborah Lavner set up a fitness obstacle course which both explained and mimicked the circulatory system. Students were tasked with completing various activities as they represented a blood cell traveling through the heart and body.

From left, second-graders Sasha Cloonan and Andrea Gills, help show off their buttered bread, following their States of Matter scientific presentation they offered along with the rest of classmates during the Leighton Elementary School science fair. Students in the class took turns churning butter and explaining how the liquid used then turns to a solid.
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