Months of research, experimentation, observation and evaluation came to a successful conclusion on Jan. 18 when more than 100 Challenge School seventh- and eighth-grade students presented impressive projects to family, friends and community members during the school’s 12th Annual Science Fair.
Dubbed a “celebration of scientific communication and learning,” the fair featured 135 projects on topics ranging from animals to social sciences. Students began researching their topics back in September. Then they had to develop an experiment that built on their research. After months of careful testing and analysis, they presented their findings to the judges – high school students from across the district who assessed the projects and provided valuable feedback to the Challenge students.
Science teacher John Wiley says the months-long experience helped students develop important skills that will benefit them in school and in their future careers.
“The science fair is an attempt at true open-ended inquiry investigation of the world we live in,” Wiley explained. “Students learn life lessons about perseverance and overcoming challenges. They also develop critical thinking and communication skills that will last them a lifetime.”
About 20 of the Challenge students will take their projects to the Denver Metro Science and Engineering Fair in February, representing Challenge and competing with students from schools all over the Front Range.
Thanks to Rebecca Morgenegg for the photos. See more photos on the Cherry Creek Schools Facebook page.