|All’s fair at the SSMS Science Fair
Winners to be announced at PTO meeting tonight
|Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor|
Nov. 6, 2006 - It's Science Fair time once again for students at Sulphur Springs Middle School. Hard working winners will be announced tonight at the schools PTO meeting which begins in the cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.
Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are competing in Physical and Life categories.
"I'm very impressed with the level of thought put into these projects," said Chrystal Reneau, a teacher at Sulphur Springs High School judging for her first time. "Some of them could rival the high school students that I teach."
Everything from nail polish studies to air compression and bridge design were covered in the Physical category, while many memory-related topics, such as the effects of questioning, colors and music, as well as seeing versus hearing, were covered in the Life category. Other Life category projects included studies of cell phones and driving, and whether or not you can really taste the difference in low fat foods.
Many of the experiments are similar each year, according to Jason Dietze, a youth minister who has been judging for the past four years.
"But you can tell the kids are really learning some things," he said. "They put a lot of time and effort into the projects."
According to Brent Baker, a first-year Science Fair judge, he can tell what the students interests are by the topics they choose.
"You can tell which ones will be builders," said Baker, SSISD webmaster
�"It's going to be hard choosing the winners."