Science fair showcases talent

Winners of the Science Fair were Miles Maxwell, l-r, Sofia Zendejas, Riley Newbill, Rianne Vickerman, Madison Duarte and Sarah Garton.

After weeks of working on various experiments that involved testing, sampling, observing their projects and their hypothesis, AD Hay sixth graders and Union Elementary sixth graders gathered at AD Hay Elementary on Wednesday, May 1 to showcase their hard work for their fellow classmates and the public. 

All of the sixth graders came up with scientific experiments

Entries ranged from which senses are accurate, which plant did the best in certain kinds of water, which horseshoe worked better going around certain obstacles and much more.  

“My project was over whether smelling or tasting was more accurate,” sixth grader Porter Johnson said. “I also ran a test to see if they would run better together. My hypothesis was that taste would do better than smell.”

Johnson said he tested children and adults and that the adults did better because “of the maturity in their taste buds.” 

Miles Maxwell examined which type of wood would make water reach 100 degrees the fastest. 

“I tested four different types of wood, with my hypothesis being that mahogany wood would make water reach 100 degrees the fastest,” he said. “While researching I found that mahogany has 35 million British thermal units (BTU) and BTU’s are how much heat it takes to increase one pound of water and one degree Fahrenheit.”

Madison Duarte examined does the type of bit affect how quick the horse goes around the barrels. 

“I did this project to find which bit would be the best to run the barrels since I compete in barrel racing,” she said. “My hypothesis was that the Tom Thumb bit would be the smoothest. Based on the results and the data, my hypothesis was correct. The Tom Thumb showed how much closer my horse was, compared to the other bits.” 

Riley Newbill picked out four different types of seeds; peas, beans, corn, radish, soaked them and scourgified them to see which seeds germified the quickest. 

“For peas it helps if you scourgify the seed,” he said. “For some, it differs and scourgifing them makes them germinate slower.” 

“The objective is for the students to become scientists, ask a question, collect data, form a hypothesis and draw a conclusion,” Teacher Sammeejo Hutchison said. “The students get the freedom to do whatever kind of project they want to do that interested them.” 

At the end of the day after a lot of collaboration between the four judges; Ryan Tague, Amy Fortune, Jon Muir and Brooke Kelleher the judges finalists were Miles Maxwell and his project Back County Hot Tub, Sofia Zendejas and her project stains out, Riley Newbill and his project titled Super Sproutin, Rianne Vickerman and her project examining whether citrus or veggies produced more electricity, Madison Duarte and her project titled Turn N Burn and Sarah Garton titled Caffeine Rush. 

In total around 75 kids showcased their hard work and their science experiments, while having fun learning about science and the ways science is used in everyday life. 

For more information contact AD Hay Elementary at 541-947-2136. 

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