Hilltop fourth-graders display scientific skills

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Two Hilltop Elementary School fourth-grade students displayed their experiments at the school’s annual Science Fair on May 25.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A Hilltop Elementary School fourth-grade student conducted a scientific experiment to find out how many licks, based on flavor, it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop for the school’s annual Science Fair on May 25.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Hilltop Elementary School fourth-grade students put their scientific skills on display for the school’s annual science fair on May 25.

The students exhibited their experiments and results for family, friends and fellow students in the school’s gymnasium.

The students worked on their projects while being guided step-by-step by their fourth-grade teachers.

Each student was required to conduct a scientific experiment on a topic that interested them and were then required to create a display board describing their experiment.

Each display included the project’s problem to be solved, the student’s hypothesis, the materials used, the procedure of the experiment, the results and a conclusion in which the student stated if the hypothesis was correct or incorrect and what he or she had learned from the experiment.

Students could also include photos of themselves conducting their experiment, charts, diagrams, illustrations, histograms and graphs on their displays. Several also had hands-on demonstrations.

The students stood by their display board in the gym and were available to explain their projects to attendees and fellow students and answer any questions they may have had concerning the topic.

The fourth-graders chose a variety of topics, such as: Does sight affect the taste of food? Which brand of gum has the longest lasting flavor? Which food wrap keeps apples freshest? Which brand of gum makes the biggest bubble? Which battery brand lasts the longest? Does temperature affect how much a horse drinks? Which sponge holds the most water? Which bat hits the farthest - aluminum or wood? Which potato chip has the most grease? How many licks, based on flavor, does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? Which chocolate melts the fastest? And which detergent makes the best slime?

Each student received a red participant ribbon from their teacher to hang on their display boards and take home as a souvenir from the science fair.

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