Science Fair from the Student’s Point of View

By Kate Staples

GBRSS Science Fair Project 2011Eighth graders Dylan O’Malley and Mollie Van Sant are no strangers to the Science Fair. This will be their second year participating and, after encouraging results last time, both are looking forward to trying out new projects.

“I like doing the experiments,” said Mollie, who last year put together a project based on electroplating coins. “Some things I tried worked better than others. I had to try different variables, changing the saturation of the solution. Zinc plating didn’t work very well.” This year, Mollie will be making cheese using different types of ingredients and monitoring the results.

GBRSS Science Fair Project 2011Dylan also likes chemistry, though he has been focusing on physics-oriented projects. Last year, the steam cannon he built launched a cork 49 feet. “It was my favorite part of the project,” he said. This year, he will be building a catapult based on a design by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Both students’ work will be on display at the Science Fair, Monday, April 2nd from 7-8:30pm.

Published in the Spring 2012 Mosaic Newsletter of the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (PDF).