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Science Fair grows in second year at ELCS

Lucas and Gavin Spilling show off their robotic prowess during the Elizabethtown-Lewis Science Fair.

Lucas and Gavin Spilling show off their robotic prowess during the Elizabethtown-Lewis Science Fair. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Lucas and Gavin Spilling directed their robots across the auditorium floor.

The brothers, who both have an interest in robotics, were part of the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School Science Fair, held Wednesday, March 21.

“My brother did his project on how to build robots, and I focused on programming,” Lucas, a fourth-grader, said.

Teacher Kaitlin Fielder said that, in its second year, the fair had expanded and had more participants.

“We have over 65 projects from students in kindergarten through 12th grade,” Fielder said. “It is all-encompassing and open to anyone who wants to enter. It is a very huge turnout considering this is all voluntary.”

Fielder said that, while voluntary, some classes used the science fair as part of their class, and others used it for extra credit projects. She also said that the number of students who patriciated from the older grades had increased.

“I think that it is great that there was a bigger turnout from the middle and high school grades,” she said. “Next year, we hope to keep expanding and making it even bigger.”

Fielder said that, with another year under their belt, the students had stepped up their projects.

“The quality of the projects has increased from last year,” Fielder said. “You can see that there was a lot of effort and family involvement put into the projects. It’s nice to see families working together, but you can tell that the kids were the ones that did the main work for the projects and took the time to put everything together.”

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