Newport Schools Science Fair, Thurs. January 31st – 4:30-7:30 PM
The public is invited to attend the annual Newport Schools Science Fair, which will take place on Thursday, January 31st from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Projects from 13 Newport middle school classrooms will be on display alongside the Visitor Center’s many hands-on interactive exhibits. This year’s Science Fair involves more than 400 public school students in 6th-8th grades, and they had help from 38 volunteer science mentors in the community. Additional projects from students in grades K-5 are also included in the event.
For the past several weeks, students in grades 6-8 at Newport Intermediate School, Isaac Newton Magnet School and Newport Prep Academy have been conducting experiments, engineering solutions, gathering data, and compiling results, and they are now ready to share their scientific findings with the community.
For example, have you ever wondered…
· What is the relationship between depth and the amount of Dungeness crab caught in Yaquina Bay?
· How does the size of windmill blades affect the amount of energy generated?
· How can a piece of discarded Styrofoam be used to amplify sound from an iPod?
· What factors influence how tall plants grow?
· Which brand of toilet paper is strongest?
· How do tides affect salinity in the estuary?
· How can a discarded beach ball be turned into an attractive handbag?
· How does the design of a paper airplane wing affect its flight?
Come to the Newport Schools Science fair to discover students’ answers to these and many more questions!
As in past science fairs, professional scientists from the community have been serving as “science mentors” in classrooms, volunteering their time to give students feedback on their projects. This unique partnership gives students a chance to learn from and be inspired by local adults working in science fields, and it gives the mentors an opportunity to share their love for science with the next generation. The Newport Schools Science Fair received coordination support from Oregon Sea Grant and volunteers, and materials support from school academic Booster groups.
Hatfield Marine Science Center is located at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive in South Beach. There is no charge for admission to the Visitor Center for this event, so be sure to stop by. For more information, contact Cait.Goodwin@oregonstate.edu.