Research, creativity, and teamwork helped young scientists at Locust Valley Intermediate School produce a wide array of inspiring experiments at the school’s annual science fair. Hosted by the Locust Valley Parents’ Council, the fair provided an opportunity for students to exhibit their science experiments for parents, friends and the community.

The scientific questions posed by the third through fifth graders produced fascinating answers and proved that these students knew how to form a hypothesis and prove their theories. From a “Germination Station” to an experiment on different ways to light a light bulb, scientists produced results and used stimulating visuals to present their projects.

“These students proved that they have learned the skills to conduct a proper experiment and prove a hypothesis,” explained Ken Packert, Locust Valley’s K-12 Science Coordinator. “They presented their material in a way that the audience could understand and they learned something themselves throughout the process.”

Members of the high school’s research program, along with their teacher, Chris Hoppner, served as judges for the science fair for the third year in a row. “My students were thrilled to interact with the intermediate school students and share this experience with them,” Mr. Hoppner said. “Through this partnership, the younger students see that they can continue their scientific research throughout school, and they look forward to it.”

Locust Valley Intermediate School science lab instructor, Caroline McBride said the students worked independently or in groups on their projects and had fun while doing it. “Participation in the science fair is voluntary, which makes it that much more impressive that so many students chose to be a part of the fair,” she said. “It proves that they already are forming a love for science at a young age.”