Fans of the popular TV show “MythBusters” would certainly enjoy visiting the science fair being held at The Goddard School located in Round Lake at 1155 S. Amarias Drive. With approximately 165 pre-school students enrolled, a little over 30 were old enough to take part in the recent fun-filled event designed to pique children’s natural curiosity in STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). From May 9-14, The Goddard Schools across 18 Chicago locations including the school in Round Lake, are hosting an exciting, weeklong Science fair leading up to their Saturday Open House. Teaching children to collaborate, communicate, be creative and think critically, the Science Fair is an opportunity for Goddard School children to showcase their learnings through projects and experiments while demonstrating The Goddard School’s unique F.L.EX.® Learning Program in action. The preschoolers put on their lab coats and goggles and are getting “scientific” all throughout the week.
The 31 projects that were on display Thursday included a variety of “challenges” that the students proceeded to process and arrive at the results. The displays often used the terms: purpose, hypothesis, research, method, procedure, observations, and results which is why it compares to the Mythbusters hosts who sought to find out exactly how hard is it to find a needle in a haystack or can water dripping on your forehead really drive you nuts?
The foyer and two rooms at the school were set up with the displays, each one explaining the purpose and the end result. Ideas were floated around during classes as well as sent home to the parents giving them suggestions on what their child might enjoy doing/researching. You will see in the video that everyone was very creative.
Four Round Lake area teachers were invited to be the judges, all with backgrounds in physics, chemistry, science, and math. Round Lake Mayor Daniel MacGillis was on hand to determine winners in case of a tie (which there was). The judges, who were cheered on by Lisa Steffen, Principal at Magee Middle School, were:
Ray Porten, Assistant Principal at Magee Middle school
Bob Cahall, physics and chemistry teacher at R.L. High School
Erin Petterson, 8th grade science teacher at Magee Middle School
Nicole Strass, biology and chemistry teacher at R.L. High School
Besides Goddard School owners, John and Kim Burnett, our hosts were Director Lori Calta and Assistant Director Jenny West. After a little more than an hour of judging the displays, the votes were tallied and the winners announced. First place went to twins Nate and Sigal Moran who asked the question “Will a flame melt a plastic cup with water in it?” Their display consisted of two wooden columns that supported the plastic cup positioned an inch above a small candle. A cup with a hole burnt through the bottom was sitting next to the one suspended with water in it which did not burn through.
Mayor MacGillis had to break a tie for 2nd and 3rd place, selecting Arianna Fuller’s challenging question “Which color stays on the rainbow-colored Skittles the longest?” I was hoping to see a display that answered the question of why M&M’s melt so fast in your hand.
Cora Martens wasn’t there to receive her 3rd place award but hers asked the question “What happens to ice when you place it in oil and the ice melts?” Her display showed photos as the melting progressed and the end result.
I certainly wouldn’t have been qualified to be one of the judges since they were all excellent and the final decisions had to be difficult. Everyone who had an entry received a ribbon and many of us left with a nice Thank-You certificate from the staff for attending.
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