On Friday, January 31st — the day after we helped out Fiske’s family math night — we headed back over to Fiske’s library where we helped a plethora of students brainstorm and plot out their plans for their annual elementary science fair, which, for the first time, had opened up to 2nd graders. The participants ranged from individuals to groups of approximately 5. The students were very eager to spit out ideas back and forth, and many had chosen out science books on topics they were interested in. We had people who wanted to build complicated machines, create cool chemical reactions, observe nature and physics, and much more. At the planning event, we sat down with the students in small groups and went over what they wanted to do, why they wanted to do it, who they wanted to do it with, and how they wanted to do their project. Often times, even when they were done making a thorough procedure, the kids would start thinking up ways to ‘stylize’ their projects with various aesthetics. The 2nd graders in particular were excited about proving themselves, as this will be the first year Fiske has ever opened up the science fair to 2nd graders — and we’re sure they’re going to do great.
In the end, the students’ enthusiasm impressed us greatly, and we look forward to seeing their hard work and intellect in March at their Science Fair!