The boys school recently wrapped up the science fair. I have blogged previously about my negative feelings about the science fair, but as the years go on, I do see some value in it. It promotes critical thinking and problem solving skills as well as learning how to research a topic and present it. The kids have been doing these projects for the last 5 years, so now we pretty much have it down to a "science" (haha).
Ben's project involved preventing damage to cells that have been frozen. He used a microscope to study the cells.
Tommy's project tested the magnetic pull on a floating object.
At this schools science fair, the kids had to be dropped off in the morning to set up and present their project to volunteer judges. Parents were to come that afternoon to look at the projects and see the award ceremony. When they started to announce the winners, I did not know what to expect. After announcing the winners for Honorable Mention, 3rd and 2nd place, I started to put my camera away. It was such a surprise when they announced the winner for the Life Science category and it was Ben!
Ben also won the 1st place award for 7th grade overall. The mayor of Carrollton was in attendance and presented gift cards to all the grade level winners.
Tommy won too!