CROWN POINT - Future doctors, physicists, engineers and others demonstrated their prowess at the Crown Point Central School science fair recently.
It was the first science fair at the school. The event was initiated by eighth grade teacher Kaitlain Fielder, who began the competition to encourage students to take a different approach to learning.
"It is really great experience for them to use the scientific method, make a project, and conduct their own experiments," she said. "Students learn science best through hands on learning and this competition allowed them to plan a project and follow it through to the end."
More than 60 students in grades six through eight displayed projects, demonstrations and experiments.
The sixth grade, led by Silka Huntington, showed its ability to research and experiment with projects that covered topics like he nutrition of a lion and the effect on healthy cubs and the freezing ability of different liquids.
The seventh and eighth grades, taught by Mike Ligotino, experimented with the density of wood, the ability to train fish, maneuvering mice through a maze and hatching a chicken egg.
To conclude the evening there were three winners at each grade level. Each team received certificates of recognition and ribbons.
Winners included Chad Hay and Jacob Anderson in third place, Sam LaPointe and Calvin Arno in second place and Ellen Kiely and Bret Gudikunst in first place.