WWU Chemistry Students Judge KCA Science Fair
|4/30/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
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Nineteen William Woods University students in general and organic chemistry classes recently judged the Kingdom Christian Academy science fair.
“It was interesting being on the observation side of the experiments and being able to ask questions that provoked thought, rather than presenting my own project,” Joslyn Holtmeyer, a sophomore biology major from Marthasville, Mo., said. “I really enjoyed the creativity and effort in each project, along with the genuine enthusiasm the children had for science.”
The science fair was open to students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, although only fifth through eighth graders were required to participate. The students were allowed to choose between performing an experiment or demonstration or researching a topic of their choice. The experiments ranged from the life cycle of a frog, to research on cancer, to the trajectory of a horse’s jump.
Students were judged on several criteria, including whether they could explain the science behind the experiment, whether it was a reasonable experiment for their age and the overall knowledge of the project.
This is the third time William Woods students have participated in judging the science fair. Dr. Joe Kyger, assistant professor of chemistry, first got involved in 2009 when a parent from Kingdom Christian Academy approached him.
“Every single person benefits from this,” Kyger said. “The students get exposure as professionals, and the experience the contestants get with the judging team is a wonderful interaction.”
Kyger said that it is important to participate because the college students are scientists in the eyes of the younger students.
“You can show them what they can accomplish if they apply themselves.”
Interaction with the young students gave them a different perspective and an invaluable experience, and Kyger hopes to have the same opportunity at next year’s science fair.
“Anytime our students can get out into the community, it’s a positive experience.”
Caroline Wilson tells Megan Owen and Elise Pacholewski about her frog experiment.
Lily Meyers talks about “floating eggs.”
Aleena Li explains her project on evaporation.
Laura Johnson, Eilie Cole and Olivia Neely judge Ben Bradley’s science project.