Those were some of the questions answered by Washington Elementary School students at a science fair Thursday.
Each class selected three projects for the fair and the students had the opportunity to work on them for two months.
This is the second year of the fair and there was a lot more participation this year, said Ranae Wren, a second- and third-grade special-education classes teacher. Wren said that even though it took a lot of effort from her students to learn, they all participated.
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“I hope they will continue doing science and being interested in it,” Wren said.
There were three grand prize winners. First-grader Andrea Juaregui and third-grader Andrea Bayona each won a bike, and sixth-grader Angelina Soto won a laptop computer.
The judges of the entries were board members and educators from the El Centro Elementary School District.
All other entrants received smaller prizes.
The prizes were all donated by the school and people from the community.
The main purpose of the fair is to keep students interested in science, said third-grade teacher Tony Winkler.
“It gives the kids an incentive to put forth their effort,” Winkler said. “They really tried hard, they really excelled.”
First-grade teacher Sonya Hart said that the children made an extra effort because they knew people would watch their projects and that made them excited about the fair.
“It showed them that their work meant something and that they got to show other people what they were doing in the classroom,” Hart said.