Gilbertsville Elementary students compete in annual Sixth Grade Science Fair

Photo by Rebecca Blanchard Daniel Garczynski explains his project 'Plant Power' to a few younger students on Friday, May 16, at Gilbertsville Elementary's Science Fair.

Teachers, parents, students and staff gathered in the school’s multi-purpose room to see the students compete and showcase their work.

Gilbertsville Elementary School held its annual sixth grade Science Fair on Friday, May 16. The room was buzzing with energy and information as younger classes took turns to walk around and learn about the sciences from their fellow students.

According to a collective statement from the organizing teachers—this fair have allowed students to learn more than the steps of the scientific process, “they have learned to solve problems, persist through difficulties, work with family members and see how science exists in the real world—skills essential to competing in the 21st century global marketplace.” Sixth grade teachers Rob Bekesy, Melissa Schmitz, Jessica Weber (Special Education), Margaret Diasio and Joan Sartor were the organizers of the event.

Of the four sixth grade classes, there were two sets of winners announced.

In the first group: Ryan Kuhar took first place with his project, ‘The Energizing Truth,’ Emma Babula took second with her project ‘5 second rule,’ Kaleigh Weber took third place with ‘Boo of Bubbles,’ and honorable mention went to Trinity Colatosti for her project ‘Race to the Finish.’

In the second group: Noah Miller took first with his project ‘Got Germs?’, Alex Obarow took second place with his project ‘How to Make the Perfect Shot in Basketball,’ third place went to Sarah Scholl for ‘How Good is the Sense of Smell?’, and honorable mention went to Matthew Brennan for ‘Trebuchet Physics.’

Judges of the event included Elizabeth McManus, a Boyertown graduate and a junior at Elizabethtown University, and Daniel Bliss, STEM Lead Teacher of Boyertown Area School District. Also judging were several Boyertown Area High School students with an interest in the sciences. There students were Alex Miner, Oliver Thomas, Emily Sterner, Steve Miller, Brian Van Dyke, Deanna Zarrillo, Kenny Gahler, Nick Mulcahy and Breanna Sheeler.

“We believe it is invaluable for the students to see how their science education will progress over the years,” the organizers said collectively in regards to the student judges.

Each of the winners received a plaque to be engraved with their name.

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