Scheck Hillel’s 2018 Juda and Maria Diener Lower School Science Fair presented research and findings March 20 that Grade 3-5 students prepared throughout a three-month research period. Students had the option of testing their hypotheses with experiments or designing a product from scratch. Every couple of weeks, they were required to meet deadlines and fulfill related tasks to stay on track. Faculty judges were thoroughly impressed with the work and learned so much.
In addition to every scientist earning a project grade, four placed within each grade level. Grade 5 had a 5-way tie in the scores!
Be sure to enjoy photos below!
Jeremy Dejman, Dana Shiro: Effects of Detergent
Shiloh Azulay, Alberto Dichi: How to Make a Power Car
Alan Agay, Eli Benarroch, Alex Haime, Gabriel Klinger: Lemon Battery
Sonia Calef, Lihi Goldberg, Lily Koplowitz: Egg Pressure
Josh Koplowitz, Nate Lustig: Potato Power
Jessica Blattner, Hila Osovitzki: Growing Gummy Bears
Tally Strimber, Maya Yecutieli: Pop Pop
Liat Shechter: Music and Memory
Alan Gampel, Benjamin Herschman, Felipe Rosentberg: Homemade H2O Filter
Eva Kattan: Multitasking Cleaner
Aquiba Serfati, Isi Waich: Solar Oven
Tali Cohen: Edible Water Balls
Alan Benacerraf, Daniel Sutton: Algae
From the Early Childhood years through Grade 5, students in science explore, measure, weigh, observe, ponder and reflect on the world around them through disciplines including physics, chemistry, biology, nutrition, electricity and earth science as part of the overall Design/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) curriculum. Adapting to Lower School's age levels, all units of study emphasize the science processes of observing, comparing, measuring, communicating, classifying, ordering, recognizing relationships, predicting, inferring, formulating and using models, interpreting data, hypothesizing, identifying and controlling variables, and conducting experiments.
In Kindergarten, science expands into the lab designed for Lower School instruction. Hands-on learning is paired with textbook reading, discussion and classroom research. The curriculum fosters critical thinking skills and collaborative learning that lead to inquiry and problem-solving. Students develop a respect for the views of others and gain an understanding of their world and themselves.