Third-grader Sophia Brandt of Keene did her science project on hatching baby chickens.
Students lined the hall of Keene Central School March 6 to show off their scientific expertise.
The school held its annual Science Slam with exhibits and experiments from students ranging from kindergarten through senior year.
“We are thrilled with the response for our third Science Slam,” said science teacher and Slam organizer Jen Kazmierczak. “The community is extremely supportive and this makes for a very special event. We strive for an evening where science is participatory, interactive and fun.”
Kazmierczak added that the goal, like most youth activities, is to allow the students to be engaged in a way that is fun for them.
“We want to encourage students to be curious, ask questions and test out their ideas, then present their ideas to the community,” she said. “Really, the end goal of this event is to get kids excited about science. It’s not your typical science fair.”
Third-grader Sophia Brandt said her science project was based on her families acquisition of some barnyard animals.
“We took in some chickens because we wanted to hatch some babies,” Brandt said. “The first attempt did not work out well, but we tried again and this time we were able to hatch healthy chicks.”
Fourth-grader Faith Scaife was inspired by a furry friend.
“My favorite animal is a rabbit and I wanted to do a project on mine,” she said. “I thought that it would be a nice experience to bring my rabbit to school.”
Seventh-graders Nora Jane Porter and Kaleb Cook used static electricity to pick up grains of salt and pepper.
“I got the idea in a book of experiments that my father got me,” Porter said.
“The static electricity is transferred onto the spoons and it picks up the salt and the pepper,” Cook said. “It picks up the pepper the most because that is lighter.”
Each display was judged and awards were given, including the People’s Choice, which was a tie between Halle Bacon (Sense of Taste & Smell) and Josh Baldwin (Subzero Science).
Other awards were as follows:
First place: Adeline Newman (Capillary Action)
Second place: Aidan Durant (Amusement Park Science)
First place: Harvey Runyon, Sam Baldwin, Will Tansey (Experiments in Physics)
Second place: Brenna DeWalt and Abby Juckett (Sound Waves)
Honorable mention: Senna Pepe and Zarela Gully (Crystal Snowflakes)
First place: Halle Bacon (Sense of Taste & Smell)
Second place: Alyssa Summo (How the Eye Works)
Honorable mention: Josh Baldwin (Subzero Science)
First place: Carter Gordon and Noah Haverlick (Water Cooler Crush)
Second place: Antonio Finsterer and Jeremiah Johnson (Touchscreen Science)
First place: Peter Craig (Electrical Energy)
Second place: Rory Riggins (Biodiesel)
Honorable mention: Justin Haverlick (Asteroid Mining)
First place: Amanda Bruha, Madison Gifford, Brianna Joanette (Aurora Borealis)
Second place: Bailey, Ethan, Jesse, Colton (Rube Goldberg)
Fifth Grade Egg Drop winners
First place: William Tansey
Second place: Joy Cooper
Third place: Kaiya Belisle
Barbie Bungee Jump: Azriel Finsterer