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Meadow Pond Elementary School Students Present Projects At Science Fair

Madeline Galgano, Julia Newmann, Mikaela Parker and Riannah Wallach enjoyed collaborating on a project titled “Familiar Fingerprints.”
Madeline Galgano, Julia Newmann, Mikaela Parker and Riannah Wallach enjoyed collaborating on a project titled “Familiar Fingerprints.” Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
Three students worked together on their science project, "Can You Touch A Cloud?"
Three students worked together on their science project, "Can You Touch A Cloud?" Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
Fourth-grader Sydney Rossi, who partnered on her project with classmate Sydney Sarner, said she thought a brand-name carpet cleaner would remove stains better than a homemade solution.
Fourth-grader Sydney Rossi, who partnered on her project with classmate Sydney Sarner, said she thought a brand-name carpet cleaner would remove stains better than a homemade solution. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
Dean, a student at Meadow Pond, presented his project," What Makes Honey Crystallize?"
Dean, a student at Meadow Pond, presented his project," What Makes Honey Crystallize?" Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
Samantha Donnelly presented her project on the best liquid for plants.
Samantha Donnelly presented her project on the best liquid for plants. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
A student presented her project on Speed Hypothesis.
A student presented her project on Speed Hypothesis. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
Three students visit the "Familiar Fingerprints" project.
Three students visit the "Familiar Fingerprints" project. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
A science project featured at the fair.
A science project featured at the fair. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
A science project featured at the fair.
A science project featured at the fair. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
A science project featured at the fair.
A science project featured at the fair. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District

LEWISBORO, N.Y. -- Meadow Pond Elementary School K-5 students displayed their science projects Thursday, April 30 as part of the school’s first science fair in nearly a decade.

The PTA-sponsored event invited parents and friends to view the projects and share the students’ scientific accomplishments. Each student received a ribbon for his or her participation, and volunteer judges critiqued each project.

According to Principal Carolann Castellano, while the science projects were not a requirement, school officials gave students the opportunity to conduct their own experiments at home and showcase them at school. Students worked independently or with partners. Close to 60 projects, some of which were undertaken by multiple students, were submitted.

“Science is really something that someone in the 21st century needs to get a sense of and think, how does this work?” Castellano said. “We’re looking to support creativity and scientific thinking and to engender a love of learning. When you see all of the projects, you feel a sense of enjoyment and enthusiasm. All of the projects are very thoughtful.”

Fourth-grader Sydney Rossi, who partnered on her project with classmate Sydney Sarner, said she thought a brand-name carpet cleaner would remove stains better than a homemade solution, but she was surprised at the outcome.

“I learned that science is really fun and it’s easy if you have the right tools,” Rossi said.

Third-grader Samantha Donnelly said her curiosity about the world around her was what triggered her interest in conducting a science experiment. She wanted to find out what kind of liquid was best for plant growth. In the end, water beat out vinegar and lemon water.

Madeline Galgano, Julia Newmann, Mikaela Parker and Riannah Wallach enjoyed collaborating on a project titled “Familiar Fingerprints.” The third-graders wanted to find out if their fingerprints are similar to those of their parents and other family members, including a family cat. They used ink pads to leave their fingerprints on balloons and compare the results.

“You really think you’re a scientist,” Newmann said. “It’s really fun.”

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