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A Fun Science Expo at Elmont

Students’ curiosity and enjoyment of science overflowed at Elmont on March 13, as the science department hosted its annual Science Expo.

The senior high and teachers’ cafeterias were packed with more than 200 projects from grades 7-11. Astounding projects from these award-winning students – such as Elmont’s very own Michael Lawes, who recently was credited in a scientific publication – lined the outer perimeter of the cafeteria. Students work in conjunction with university researchers throughout the year and during the summer, resulting in great accomplishments from these scholars.

Judges from the science department were aided by guest judges from other departments, who listened as junior and senior high science research students presented and explained their experiments. After each student was judged twice, they were able to walk around and view the other projects, perhaps forming ideas for next year’s discovery.

The fun didn’t end there. Down the hallway in the junior cafeteria, students could perform scientific activities at stations that lined the walls of the cafeteria. They could extract DNA from a strawberry, dust and lift their own fingerprints, experiment with grape jelly chemistry and compete to make the most explosive canisters, with the sound of a science-themed playlist setting the mood. Students were invited to make their own cartesian divers to demonstrate the principal of buoyancy and to visit the slime-making table. (Apparently, even seniors still love making slime.) Participants also competed for prizes in engineering for building the tallest load-bearing spaghetti towers and building a route that would take a marble the longest time to travel – sort of a speed race in reverse.

With presentations and activities like these, attendees agreed this year’s expo was a great success.