By Kari Schmideke and Molly Hickox
Special to the Turnagain Times
Girdwood School held its annual Science Fair on Wednesday, April 9 in the Girdwood School Gym. Many parents and community members attended the Open House during the evening to view the student’s excellent projects. Students in grades K-6 spent long hours during March and April forming hypotheses, gathering information and materials, analyzing data, and creating a display to share with evaluators and the community. Many creative and original science projects were on display ranging from “Do iPods Affect Avalanche Beacons?” by sixth grade student Coral Bauer to “What Happens to Objects in Circular Motion?” by third grade student, Ely Cerutti.
Girdwood School would like to thank the following Girdwood community members for volunteering their time to evaluate the students’ science projects: Sherry Dugan, Ron Burson, Gwen Burson, Larry Daniels, Liz Dow, Jen Weits, Pat Preis, Rorie Hammel, and Diana Livingston. These evaluators interviewed each of the science fair participants and provided useful comments on their work. The interviews offered students an opportunity to reflect on their experiments and practice their speaking skills with citizens of the community. We would also like to thank Michael and Stefanie Flynn for their generous donation of food from the Bake Shop that our evaluators enjoyed during lunch. We would also like to thank the Girdwood PTA for donating money to purchase ribbons, certificates, and supplies.