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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.

— Visitors were welcomed in the entryway with projects from Kindergarten through the third grade students.

Kindergartener John Sanpierto had an exploding volcano.

“Fill the bottle with a little food coloring, vinegar until its up as high as you want it and detergent makes it explode a little bit,” Sanpierto said.

People’s choice winners were awarded at the end of the presentations. These categories were judged by volunteers from the community who have an interest in promoting science and math in the school.

“Any attendee was able to fill out a ballot for their favorite projects/displays and turn it in before leaving the event,” Kazmierczak said.

The auditorium hosted most of the community set-up with exhibits from representatives from the Cornell Cooperative, the Wild Center, the Adirondack Museum and more.

Kazmierczak said the idea to expand the Science Slam to community members emerged after last year’s event.

“The Science Slam planning team brainstormed a list of outside organizations we thought would be a good fit for our event.,” Kazmierczak said. “We contacted them and were pleased at the overwhelming response to our request. We also had a few organizations that contacted us after they heard about our event. This year we had many return organizations, and some new ones too, which was great.”

Kazmierczak, who studied engineering and has worked in a variety of engineering and environmental/safety regulatory positions throughout her career, said she hoped science could be influential to the students.

“I believe science is important for kids, because it encourages them to be curious, ask questions and test out their ideas, Kazmierczak said. “This teaches them problem solving and critical thinking, which they will use throughout their lives.”

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