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Woodside Elementary students participate in science investigation: “The Old, The Bold, The Mold!”

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Fourth-grader Alexandra Balan earned a gold star certificate and entry into district wide competition at the Innovation Expo on June 8. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
Fourth-grader Alexandra Balan earned a gold star certificate and entry into district wide competition at the Innovation Expo on June 8. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

From an Everett Public Schools News Release.

Over 200 students and family members attended the annual Science Investigation event at Woodside Elementary School, and parents were amazed by the high quality production that went into the student tri-board displays as well as the high-level of thinking used in proving or disproving their research questions.

Woodside’s Science Fair originally began about 20 years ago with fifth-grade teachers developing the instructional materials needed to start their students’ science investigations.

For the past eleven years, however, it has been a school-wide event with every teacher, kindergarten through fifth-grade, playing a role.

Kindergarten through third-grade teachers guided whole-class investigations while fourth- and fifth-grade teachers helped their students through their individual science projects.

Every student at Woodside, all 698 of them, participated in an authentic science investigation and had a personal role in the event.

Project titles reflected the freedom students were given in choosing topics and the enthusiasm with which they went about their work: Humpty’s Cushion; The Old, The Bold, The Mold!; Battery Charge; Yummy Science; and Slime, to name just a few.

Students were keen to talk about their work, but were also excited to view the displays of other students and K-3 class projects. Classroom teachers judged fourth- and fifth-grade student entries and presented winners with a gold star certificate and entry into district wide competition at Everett Public School’s Innovation Expo on June 8.

One of our students was so thrilled to be a winner he had a hard time containing his excitement,” shared Teacher-Librarian Joan Litzkow. “It was thrilling for me to see the excitement on all our students' faces. It takes a lot of hard work on everyone's part, but it’s so worth it.”

I am very impressed with the collaboration, camaraderie and commitment of Woodside’s staff,” said Andy Sevald, district STEM facilitator.

The STEM/Science Fair positively affects students in multiple ways. From the graphic arts in creating posters to the mathematics needed to make sense of their data to the performing arts found in the public speaking when explaining their research, Woodside students are learning by doing; and learning that will stay with them for a long, long time.” 

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