Kindergartner’s Sunscreen Project Wins First During Annual Science Fair

Gillian Daniels, first place winner. Submitted image.

JAMESTOWN – A Fletcher Elementary Kindergartner’s project highlighting sunscreen protection won first place during the school’s annual science fair.

Kindergartner Gillian Daniels’s presentation on ‘which sunscreen gives the best protection’ was one of 34 projects on display in the school’s gymnasium recently.

Fourth grader Natalie David’s project on ‘which popcorn brand will pop the most kernels and leave the fewest kernels unpopped’ won second and third grader Bladen Ence’s project ‘do plants grow better by listening to music’ won third.

“The Science Fair is an exciting time for our students and teachers,” said Stephanie David, who helps run the science fair. “I love to see the students and families explore their love of science through investigation.”

“The Science Fair allows students to conduct experiments on topics that they are curious about. The projects help students develop learning skills such as responsibility, management of time, and organization. Sharing their work with others through their presentation piece helps build communication skills as well.  I’m so proud of the work of all the students.”

Before the fair students were provided with a planning guide that included directions for setting up their presentation boards, scoring guidelines, grading guidelines and some websites that could be used for resources.

They then worked on the projects at home creating a presentation board that included required information about their project: project title, question, hypothesis, materials, procedure, data, conclusion, observations and reflections.

Judges, JPS Science Instructional Coach Doug Foster and JPS STEAM Coordinator Traci Thompson, viewed and critiqued the projects using the grading guidelines.

Every student that participated received a certificate, a ribbon and a deck of 20 science experiment cards.  All three winners received gold, silver and bronze medals.

Organizers thanked the Fletcher PTA who purchased the prizes for the fair.

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