Hillel Community Day School held its 19th annual science fair in March.
Parents and family members joined their students for an educational evening. Students from grades three through six prepared 20-minute demonstrations of their hypotheses, investigations and conclusions with time for questions at the end.
“Our students are given many opportunities to present during our regular school day,” said Head of School Tracie Glazer. “Children take turns during morning meeting to address the school and share during Tuesday Talent. They also are selected to lead during prayers. Each Friday, one grade presents to the school during Shabbat Showcase to share specific stories they learned during that week’s Torah portion. Our students are used to getting up in front of their peers, and we feel this is an important leadership skill to foster at a young age. The reason they show confidence and maturing is because we have created an environment where they are cheered on by their classmates. Public speaking does not come naturally to some children, but with the safe space of their classroom and the social cultural norms that have been established, they can’t wait to be third-graders so they get to present.”
Students in kindergarten through grade two displayed class projects on planting seeds under varying conditions and nurturing caterpillars into butterflies. Students discovered the answers to questions such as “What nutrients does a plant need to grow?” and “How do light and water affect plant growth?” Journals were created by each student with a visual record of how the caterpillar chrysalis changes.
“The students are so proud of their work, and the science fair is a family fun night for them to share what they are learning in the classroom,” said first-grade teacher Anne Robertson.
Projects from grades three and four concentrated on the weather as students created anemometers, barometers and rain gauges and discussed weather patterns such as earthquakes, rockslides, vortexes and tornadoes.
Working with science and art faculty, Middle School students investigated and created projects concerning volcanoes, propellers, buoyancy, seismology and ways to disrupt Wi-Fi.
“Science is an important part of our school and we are thrilled to have a special night each year dedicated to highlighting our student’s progress, ideas and hours of hard work” said Glazer.
For information: hillelschool.org; 585-271-6877.