2009-03-26 / Other News

P.S./I.S. 66 Students Show Off Variety Of Science Projects

Tyler Smith (left) with Staff Developer Wanda Vega stand near fourth grader's science project. Tyler Smith (left) with Staff Developer Wanda Vega stand near fourth grader's science project. Each year science comes to life at PS/IS 66's Science Spectacular. Students from kindergarten through Grade Five use their skills and knowledge to create an array of wonderful science projects. Their work includes everything from "How to Make a Potato Battery" to "Cleaning Pennies with Salt and Vinegar" to "Alka Seltzer Rockets."

The East 96th Street school's Science Staff Developer Wanda Vega says the children put a lot of time and effort into their projects. "Our young scientists did some terrific work. Their use of the scientific method was quite evident in their hands-on inquiry based experiments."

Fourth grader Tyler Smith worked on a science project that determines how various materials dissolve in water.

"I spent over three weeks on my experiment and creating my display board, and it was a lot of fun,"she said. "The best part of science is that you get to learn new things and use your hands to create fun science projects."

Middle school students — grades six through 8 — will have the opportunity to share their unique and exciting projects in May.

Principal Joel Rubenfeld says the Science Spectacular affords all of the students a wonderful chance to exhibit their projects, and at the same time experience what their peers have created. "This annual exhibition is evidence of their acquired investigative and inquiry skills. It also enables our young scientists to share their tested hypotheses with the school community, and gave our parents the chance to visit the exhibits during recent parent-teacher conferences."

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