October 26, 2014

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Memorial school science fair a fizzy, volcanic extravaganza

By Megan O’Connor
BEAT Reporter

BRUNSWICK — Memorial Elementary hosted the school’s 10th annual Science Extravaganza on Feb. 1.

Students in all grades could participate.

Kaitlyn Mendoza poses with her project during the Science Extravaganza on Feb. 1 at Brunswick’s Memorial Elementary School. (COURTESY PHOTO)

This year, Mandy Clark, a fifth-grade teacher, and Cheri Brown, a kindergartner teacher, were in charge.

In the past, the students would sign up and then choose from a list of experiments available for each grade.

This year, Clark and Brown decided to let the students come up with their own experiments.

Each experiment had to be approved by the teachers and parents had to sign permission slips.

There were many experiments — from the classic volcano to a fizzy fountain and even one involving eating a cupcake.

Fifty students participated, with kindergartners making up the largest group.

Students, parents, grandparents and teachers attended.

Beth Nemcek, whose son, Ethan, and daughter, Rayna, participated this year, said the extravaganza is “a great opportunity for kids to get excited about science at an early age.”

Brown summed up the event by stating “everyone’s a winner.”

Megan O’Connor, a seventh-grader at Visintainer Middle School, is one of more than “backpack journalists” in the award-winning Brunswick Schools video program. Go to www.thebeat22.com to learn more about the program, or visit thebeat.pegcentral.com to view videos produced by the students.