6th Annual Science Fair

6th Annual Science Fair

The 2nd grade class all ready to go for the day!

The 2nd grade class all ready to go for the day!

After a busy week of learning about and preparing their experiments, the students of the Amigos de Jesús Bilingual School were able to present what they had learned to the attendees of the 6th annual science fair. In attendance were, parents, padrinos, and two panels of judges. It was an impressive all-day event with each grade presenting experiments in both English and Spanish. The school was excited to welcome David Sosa, one of the university boys studying mechanical engineering, to serve as one of the judges of the experiments presented in Spanish. He has two years left of university, but one day he hopes to be able to teach.

Future scientists and fashion icons with their teacher!

Future scientists and fashion icons with their teacher!

The 3rd graders are all set and ready for visitors.

The 3rd graders are all set and ready for visitors.

The day started with time to prepare the experiments for presentation. All grades were busily adding details and working out any last-minute kinks.

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The event was formally opened with presentations by the Superheroes (special education), ‘kinder’ (preschool), ‘prepa’ (kindergarten), and first grade.

The Superheros experimenting with jumping eggs!

The Superheros experimenting with jumping eggs!

Our wonderful teachers always stepping in to lend a hand.

Our wonderful teachers always stepping in to lend a hand.

The kinder class was very invested in making their slime and even more invested in playing with it later!

The kinder class was very invested in making their slime and even more invested in playing with it later!

A busy scientist taking a quick photo break.

A busy scientist taking a quick photo break.

After the presentations, the judging began! Students proudly presented to the panel along with fellow classmates and visitors about what they had learned and how they carried out their experiments.

Mr. Zack, Ms. Lindsey, Ms. Stephanie, the 3 judges of the experiments in English.

Mr. Zack, Ms. Lindsey, Ms. Stephanie, the 3 judges of the experiments in English.

The judges of the Spanish experiments hard at work  (David pictured center).

The judges of the Spanish experiments hard at work (David pictured center).

A few of the 7th grade students with their Water Filtration experiment that won them 1st place!

A few of the 7th grade students with their Water Filtration experiment that won them 1st place!

Learning all about how different drinks can discolor your teeth.

Learning all about how different drinks can discolor your teeth.

Mixing in a little physics with all of the chemistry experiments.

Mixing in a little physics with all of the chemistry experiments.

Is it even a science fair if there’s not a Mentos and Coca-Cola experiment?

Is it even a science fair if there’s not a Mentos and Coca-Cola experiment?

Intently watching the carbon snake grow.

Intently watching the carbon snake grow.

There’s always time for a funny picture!

There’s always time for a funny picture!

The 5th grade class accepting their certificate of participation.

The 5th grade class accepting their certificate of participation.

At the closing ceremony, every class received a certificate of participation for their hard work on their experiments. An additional recognition was given to the grades who were awarded the best experiments in both Spanish and English. This year, 3rd and 7th grade won the best experiments in both Spanish and English. All the judges commented that it was a difficult decision to award a winner because of the high quality of all the experiments.

“I liked all the experiments. they were all interesting, but I had to grade according to the rubric. For example, in the category of application, not all the experiments had a good application. They were all very interesting, but they didn’t carry it out as well,” shared David.

The proud representatives of the 3rd grade class accepting their award.

The proud representatives of the 3rd grade class accepting their award.

The proud representatives of the 7th grade class accepting their award.

The proud representatives of the 7th grade class accepting their award.

A future scientist in the making!

A future scientist in the making!

Upon reflecting on the event, David commented that it had brought back memories of science fairs and experiments he had done in school. He also commented on the importance of events such as these.

“Even in the university, they still have science fairs. In the whole world they have these. It is important to show to other people how things work and what you are able to do. Here in the school it’s important because they have another chance to learn-I learned a lot today from the experiments!”

We are proud of all of the students for their hard work and appreciative of the opportunity to have David return to help with this event!