Have you ever been to a science fair? Well, I went to a science fair at my school. This year, they allowed participants from 3rd grade up to 8th grade to be in the science fair. The lower grades, which is from third grade to fifth grade, were able to receive trophies for first, second, third place, and honorary mentions. Honorary mention is when there is a project that is not in first, second, or third place, and it is too good not to be recognized. You do get an award for that. Here are all the results for the science fair:

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I was (of course) in the competition. I did a project with Jonah, Ben A, and myself. Our science teacher, Mrs. Kagan, chose all the partners for 3rd through 5th grade because she teaches those grades. She also told us what our science topic would be. We were testing if your hand determines the dominant hemisphere of your brain. Our hypothesis was the dominant hand determines the dominant hemisphere of the brain. Here is what we did: First, we had to get supplies to test our subjects.

  • a ball-the test subject had to catch, throw, and kick the ball with their dominant hand and foot
  • tube-the test subject had to look through the tube with their dominant eye
  • stairs-the test subjects walk up the stairs and we see which foot they step with first
  • a penny-the test subjects had to step on the penny with their dominant foot
  • paper and pencil- the test subject has to write their name with their dominant hand

Second, we tested sixteen people, eight boys and eight girls. Third, we gathered our data. Fourth, we put the data into graphs and on regular paper. Fifth, we got images that relate to our science experiment from the Internet and pictures we took ourselves. Sixth, we got words in Hebrew that relate to our science experiment. Last, we put everything on a poster board.

We found out that if you are right handed, then a majority of your other body parts will have the right dominance. On the poster board, we had to put a title, a scientific title, a hypothesis, graphs, procedure, results, data, conclusion, and the application. Overall, this was a great experience working as a team. Now that I know how to do a science experiment, I will be prepared for the middle school science fair in seventh grade.

During the science fair, there is a science experiment show that is done by the 8th grade. Each student demonstrates a science experiment in front of the audience. Also, they have to do it all from one main topic. This year the theme was called “The Chill in Science.”

There were six eighth graders that hosted the show. Avichai did the subzero soda which made a lot of small bubbles. Julia was going to do bouncing bubbles, but it did not work. Ryan did the Arctic bubbles. He made one huge bubble about as large as this cooking bowl.

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 Rachel did the polar pickle which made a bouncy ball shatter into pieces by dipping it into dry ice. Joey did chilly crackers where he dipped a cracker into dried ice and ate the cracker. Aaron did the fire breather. He lit a paper on fire, and it looked like he breathed fire when he blew on it. It made the fire huge, and then the fire went out. That happened because he put something in his mouth. The majority of them used dry ice.

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Dry ice is a type of ice which can reach the temperature of about -300 degrees Fahrenheit. I know it is lower than that, but that is all I can remember. If you touch it, it can give you an instant freezer burn. You have to wear very thick special gloves to handle it. I always love watching the 8th grade show, and I think it was the best part of all the science fair.

Before we had the show, we got to walk around and look at other students’ projects. I saw two poster boards that really caught my eye. The first project was done by Daniel who is in seventh grade. His project was called Holy Faraday. It was about how this type of wire can do different types of stuff. He demonstrated how when he put a radio in a basket that is made from that wiring, it got a little static. The wire was blocking the reception for the radio. The other one was by Ronen. She did an experiment that included marshmallow Peeps. She was testing what object would destroy a peep the fastest in under 5o seconds. Two of the things were tied with the same time. One was the blow torch and the other one was boiling the Peep. (I was a little disappointed that I did not get to eat a Peep and that my project had nothing to do with food).

One of the things I learned was that the type of wire that Daniel used could block out a lot of stuff like reception and lightning. I also learned that Peeps are really hard to destroy and they taste very good.

I thought the science fair was really interesting and fun. All the other projects (counting mine) were really good and well planned. I thought this was a good first time experience. I cannot wait until middle school to do the science fair again. I think we get to choose what we want to do, and we have to do it by ourselves.

Now, time to answer my questions. Have you been to a science fair? Did you do an experiment for the science fair? Did you like the science fair? What place did you get in?