PROSPECT – Third graders at Algonquin Elementary School reaped the fruits of two months experimentation at the school’s 16th annual science fair.
About 110 students from five classrooms presented their projects to classmates and parents April 14.
Students employed the scientific method to form a hypothesis, set up an experiment, and make a conclusion based on the results.
Half their grade was based on presentations they made to their classmates, so they had to address questions and take constructive criticism.
“That they can do that, in my opinion, is amazing,” said teacher Deb Pannone. “They are the hardest critics of each other”
She said peer-review is part of the scientific process.
The science program at the school is very hands-on, said Elena Guerra. Not all the student’s projects turned out how they had anticipated.
Students learned that it’s okay if it doesn’t come out right, Guerra said.
The classes of Marty Senich, Kathleen Biscio, and Lauren Thibault also participated in the event.