John Sanpierto sets off his homemade volcano at the Super Science Slam at Keen Central School
Volcanoes, time machines, a life size model of the human body and models of centrifugal force were some of the many things demonstrated for visitors at Keene Central School’s Science Slam March 8.
Award Winning Scientists
K-5 Team Winners
First Place: Harvey Runyon, Sam Baldwin, Ceilidh Cheeseman - Experiments with Electricity
Second Place: Hali Cook and Linnae D'Auria - Science of Gymnastics
6-8 Team Winners
First Place: Tom Palen and CorrieAnne Stoner - Glowing Tonic Geyser
Second Place: Azriel Finsterer and Jerimiah Johnson - Newton's Laws of Motion
Honorable Mention: Josh Baldwin and Jonah Kazmierczak - Pop rock and soda balloons
9-12 Team Winners
First Place: Amanda Bruha, Liza Amirault, Brianna Joanette - Light Pollution
Second Place: Grace Sturges, Caden Belisle - Wind Tunnel Aerodynamics
K-5 Individual Winners
First Place: Aidan Durant - Truss Bridge
Second Place: Brenna DeWalt - Tomato Plant Experiment
Honorable Mention: Brady Tremblay - Penny Cleaning Science
6-8 Individual Winners
First Place: Rory Riggins - Hydrophobic Sand
Second Place: Kaleb Cook - Homemade Diddly Stick
9-12 Individual Winners
First Place: Peter Craig - Aerodynamic Simulator
Second Place: Katie Woltner - Cloud Making
First Place: Applied Science Class - Crime Scene Forensics
Second Place: 8th Grade Class - Time Machine
Third Place: Caitlyn Lopez and Skyler Coffin - Slime
The event was a platform for over 60 students and 20 community groups to hold exhibits and open up dialogue with visitors about different and fun avenues of science.
“Really, the goal of this event is just to get kids excited about science,” organizer Jen Kazmierczak said. “It’s not your typical science fair.”
The exhibits were put in place by parents, teachers and community members interested in bringing science alive for the students. Kazmierczak said it was just an idea that grew rapidly.
“As soon as we suggested it, the teachers got engaged, the principal supported it and we just ran with it and we couldn’t believed the amount of enthusiasm we got,” Kazmierczak said.
Visitors were welcomed in the entryway with projects from Kindergarten through the third grade students.
Kindergartener John Sanpierto had an exploding volcano.
“Fill the bottle with a little food coloring, vinegar until its up as high as you want it and detergent makes it explode a little bit,” Sanpierto said.
People’s choice winners were awarded at the end of the presentations. These categories were judged by volunteers from the community who have an interest in promoting science and math in the school.
“Any attendee was able to fill out a ballot for their favorite projects/displays and turn it in before leaving the event,” Kazmierczak said.
The auditorium hosted most of the community set-up with exhibits from representatives from the Cornell Cooperative, the Wild Center, the Adirondack Museum and more.
Kazmierczak said the idea to expand the Science Slam to community members emerged after last year’s event.
“The Science Slam planning team brainstormed a list of outside organizations we thought would be a good fit for our event.,” Kazmierczak said. “We contacted them and were pleased at the overwhelming response to our request. We also had a few organizations that contacted us after they heard about our event. This year we had many return organizations, and some new ones too, which was great.”
Kazmierczak, who studied engineering and has worked in a variety of engineering and environmental/safety regulatory positions throughout her career, said she hoped science could be influential to the students.
“I believe science is important for kids, because it encourages them to be curious, ask questions and test out their ideas, Kazmierczak said. “This teaches them problem solving and critical thinking, which they will use throughout their lives.”