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Putting the Science into the Port Aransas Science Fair

Putting the Science into the Port Aransas Science Fair

ScienceFair2015 2 webThe 2015 Science Fair at the H.G. Olsen Elementary School in Port Aransas was a success. Credit: Matt Khosh, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute.Last week was the Port Aransas Science Fair, which was a culmination of six weeks of research and experimentation by 4th and 5th grade students at the H.G. Olsen Elementary School. The students were assisted by University of Texas graduate student Craig Connolly who helped the students understand what it takes to develop an experiment and how to communicate the results. Each student designed, executed, and analyzed the results of their own science experiment. Students presented posters detailing their experiments to local judges from The University of Texas Marine Science Institute and members of the Port Aransas community. Student projects spanned a range of topics from what tape sticks the best underwater, to the effect of salt on the freezing point of water, and determining what color skittle candy has the most food dye. An award ceremony and public viewing was also held to congratulate the following winners and all student participants.

4th Grade Winners:
1st - Ella Raine Currle
2nd - Emily Cecelia Maxham
3rd - Austin Lehne Bepko

5th Grade Winners:
1st - Lane Elizabeth Clardy
2nd - Colton Wade Huckabay
3rd - Casey Lewis McGrady

Special thanks to Matt Khosh, University of Texas graduate student and Science Fair Coordinator, and participating teachers Janis Moore and Amanda Tipps. This event could not have been completed without the following sponsors: Port Aransas Independent School District, Port Aransas Education Foundation, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, and the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve.

 

ScienceFair2015 1 webDaniel Galvan is a fan of science. Credit: Matt Khosh, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute.

 

ScienceFair2015 3 webStudents talk to the judges about their projects and what they learned. Credit: Matt Khosh, The University of Texas Marine Science Institute.

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