Keene Science Slam delivers a night with all the elements

John Sanpierto sets off his homemade volcano at the Super Science Slam at Keen Central School

John Sanpierto sets off his homemade volcano at the Super Science Slam at Keen Central School Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Volcanoes, time machines, a life size model of the human body and models of centrifugal force were some of the many things demonstrated for visitors at Keene Central School’s Science Slam March 8.

Award Winning Scientists

K-5 Team Winners

First Place: Harvey Runyon, Sam Baldwin, Ceilidh Cheeseman - Experiments with Electricity

Second Place: Hali Cook and Linnae D'Auria - Science of Gymnastics

6-8 Team Winners

First Place: Tom Palen and CorrieAnne Stoner - Glowing Tonic Geyser

Second Place: Azriel Finsterer and Jerimiah Johnson - Newton's Laws of Motion

Honorable Mention: Josh Baldwin and Jonah Kazmierczak - Pop rock and soda balloons

9-12 Team Winners

First Place: Amanda Bruha, Liza Amirault, Brianna Joanette - Light Pollution

Second Place: Grace Sturges, Caden Belisle - Wind Tunnel Aerodynamics

K-5 Individual Winners

First Place: Aidan Durant - Truss Bridge

Second Place: Brenna DeWalt - Tomato Plant Experiment

Honorable Mention: Brady Tremblay - Penny Cleaning Science

6-8 Individual Winners

First Place: Rory Riggins - Hydrophobic Sand

Second Place: Kaleb Cook - Homemade Diddly Stick

9-12 Individual Winners

First Place: Peter Craig - Aerodynamic Simulator

Second Place: Katie Woltner - Cloud Making

People's Choice

First Place: Applied Science Class - Crime Scene Forensics

Second Place: 8th Grade Class - Time Machine

Third Place: Caitlyn Lopez and Skyler Coffin - Slime

The event was a platform for over 60 students and 20 community groups to hold exhibits and open up dialogue with visitors about different and fun avenues of science.

“Really, the goal of this event is just to get kids excited about science,” organizer Jen Kazmierczak said. “It’s not your typical science fair.”

The exhibits were put in place by parents, teachers and community members interested in bringing science alive for the students. Kazmierczak said it was just an idea that grew rapidly.

“As soon as we suggested it, the teachers got engaged, the principal supported it and we just ran with it and we couldn’t believed the amount of enthusiasm we got,” Kazmierczak said.

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