First Immanuel Lutheran School held its triennial Science Fair the weekend of March 17th – 19th. Middle School Students in 6th – 8th grade participated in the areas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The fair included projects from 99 middle school students and 12 of those students earned Best of Group and 28 additional students were recognized for their work. The top award, Best of Fair, was presented to 8th grader Brady Edgren and 6th grader Jacob Helm. Edgren’s project called “The Issue with Ions" involved investigating the electrical conductivity of different liquids and mixtures, as well as the effects of temperature and pH. For his project Helm investigated, the link of tooth decay to sugary drinks in his project called “Think About Your Drink”.
Fellow 6th grader Chloe Kelm earned a Runner-up Medal for her investigation into how temperature affects popcorn. When asked about her experience she gave some good advice stating, “This project was fun and while not overwhelming, I would say it’s a good idea to get it done early so that you don’t need to worry about finishing things at the last minute. That’s stressful!” The results of her investigation will have her family refrigerating popcorn since those kernels popped the best.
Additionally, 7th grader Alison Schleicher says of her experience “The hardest part was the presentation part. Putting the whole board together and making it interesting to look at was key.” Schleicher also earned a Runner-up Medal for her biology project.
The triennial Science Fair was managed by Middle School Science Teacher Mr. Wayne Nelson. The students began working on their projects in mid-Fall and had specific instructions on how to use the scientific method in their collection and presentation of data.