A Treasure Coast Essay (2012-01-30)
FORT PIERCE, FL (wqcs) - School districts on the Treasure Coast hold science fairs this time of year. On Saturday, January 21st, I stopped by the 20th Regional Science and Engineering Fair put on by the Indian River County school district and the Education Foundation of Indian River County at the Gifford Middle School. I was impressed. The exhibits by secondary school students were in the gym. The exhibits by elementary school students were in the cafeteria. Both venues were packed with students, their families and teachers. Each exhibit featured a display board on which an experiment was described. An exhibit by Breann Cooksey and Kayla Dancy of Storm Grove Middle School was entitled, "Boy or Girl? That is the Question." They determined that lower temperatures in an incubator will produce more female chicks - which is what you want if you are in the egg business. An exhibit by Andrew Rosado and Kylee Farrar of Treasure Coast Elementary School answered the question, Which balloon stays up longer -- one made of mylar or one made of latex? They conducted an experiment and concluded the one made of mylar stays up longer. Andrew and Kylee are just in kindergarten. I wonder what they will come up with when they are going for their PhD's. For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.
Treasure Coast essayist Paul Janensch was a newspaper editor and taught journalism at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.
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