Middle-School SCIENCE EXPO this week!
Wadena-Deer Creek Middle School’s Science Expo is one of the most exciting projects of the entire school curriculum for fifth- and sixth-grade students.
According to WDC sixth-grade science teacher Lori Grendahl, the expo provides middle-school students with an opportunity to explore the mysteries and marvels of the world in which we live and to develop an appreciation for the work of scientists.
“Every year, I learn something new from kids during their presentations. I’m always amazed at their creativity and the amount of research they put into their projects,” said Grendahl.
Students are asked to come up with their own science topic and/or experiment. They are required to include a hypothesis or question, a conclusion, and a list of materials. This is to be outlined on a 4-foot cardboard display board, which can also include pictures, graphics, props and sometimes live animals or plants to support their conclusion. In addition, each student makes a short presentation in front of his or her class.
Here are a few examples of this year’s topics:
* Toilet seat or cell phone – which has more bacteria?
* Creating Lightning
* Glow in the Dark Slime
* Dancing Raisins
* Global Warming – Fact or Fiction?
* Tie-Dye Milk
* Do Dogs Understand English?
* Self-Inflating Balloons
WDC fifth-grade science teacher Kendra Schultz said the expo is oftentimes a family project, where moms and dads will help students at home. “That’s a cool aspect of this assignment -- to see parents getting involved with their son or daughter.”
Schultz said the thinking skills a student develops while doing a science expo project are the same basic skills they will use daily throughout his or her life – to make sense and clarify problems that exist, and to find creative solutions to those problems.
“Sometimes students will conduct an experiment and it doesn’t turn out like their hypothesis. They think they’ve failed, but I assure them, that’s science,” added Schultz.
Parents, staff and the community are invited to walk down the middle school hallway this week to view the interesting boards on display.