Science Fair: fun and hands on learning event

Photo by Chabella Guzman Mitchell Elementary student Kaleb Taylor, left, shows off his experiment that involved audio speakers, food coloring and corn starch. He advised his audience to cover their ears in preparation for the loud music he’d play to complete the experiment.

Photo by Chabella Guzman
Mitchell Elementary student Kaleb Taylor, left, shows off his experiment that involved audio speakers, food coloring and corn starch. He advised his audience to cover their ears in preparation for the loud music he’d play to complete the experiment.


By CHABELLA GUZMAN
Index Editor
The Mitchell Events Center held an explosion of science on Thursday, Feb. 25, when the Mitchell Elementary held its bi-annual Science Fair.
The event included kindergartners through sixth graders, each taking part in the world of science.
“We do this every other year,” said Kris Keener, fifth and sixth grade science teacher at Mitchell Elementary. “And we have 182 projects from the kids, and area organizations, like the (Riverside Discovery) zoo and (Nebraska) Games and Parks also here.”
The organizations added the other areas of science the students didn’t touch on, like animals, high powered electricity and robotics.
The students did have a range of science projects from tornadoes and volcanoes to hovercrafts and balloon rockets.
The event gave the students an opportunity to do hands on projects and get a working knowledge of science.
“They chose their own projects,” Keener said. “Some have needed more help than others or had troubles and had to change them up.”
She added their parents have been very helpful and it’s been a team effort for most.
The fair used to be held at the elementary gym, but the number of projects soon outgrew the area and the school moved it to the Mitchell Events Center. The day of the event the students are bussed over so they can walk around and see what everyone did and show off their own experiments.
“They love to show off what they’ve learned and their presentations,” Keener said.