Keene Central students show their scientific talents

Third-grader Sophia Brandt of Keene did her science project on hatching baby chickens.

Third-grader Sophia Brandt of Keene did her science project on hatching baby chickens. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Students lined the hall of Keene Central School March 6 to show off their scientific expertise.

The school held its annual Science Slam with exhibits and experiments from students ranging from kindergarten through senior year.

“We are thrilled with the response for our third Science Slam,” said science teacher and Slam organizer Jen Kazmierczak. “The community is extremely supportive and this makes for a very special event. We strive for an evening where science is participatory, interactive and fun.”

Kazmierczak added that the goal, like most youth activities, is to allow the students to be engaged in a way that is fun for them.

“We want to encourage students to be curious, ask questions and test out their ideas, then present their ideas to the community,” she said. “Really, the end goal of this event is to get kids excited about science. It’s not your typical science fair.”

Third-grader Sophia Brandt said her science project was based on her families acquisition of some barnyard animals.

“We took in some chickens because we wanted to hatch some babies,” Brandt said. “The first attempt did not work out well, but we tried again and this time we were able to hatch healthy chicks.”

Fourth-grader Faith Scaife was inspired by a furry friend.

“My favorite animal is a rabbit and I wanted to do a project on mine,” she said. “I thought that it would be a nice experience to bring my rabbit to school.”

Seventh-graders Nora Jane Porter and Kaleb Cook used static electricity to pick up grains of salt and pepper.

“I got the idea in a book of experiments that my father got me,” Porter said.

“The static electricity is transferred onto the spoons and it picks up the salt and the pepper,” Cook said. “It picks up the pepper the most because that is lighter.”

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