On Feb. 23 and 24, Weber School District held its annual Science Fair with an increased focus on Technology, Engineering, and Math. Due to this fact, the district decided change the name to the STEM Fair. In addition to the STEM fair, they also held a STEM Showcase for students to show off what they’ve been working on throughout the year. The response from students after switching the focus to STEM, instead of just science was overwhelming. Approximately 400 students from 6th through 8th grades participated in the Junior Fair and over 150 students from 9th through 12th grades participated in the Senior Fair. In addition to that, another 70 students participated in the STEM Showcase.
Matthew Patterson, Curriculum Specialist for the district said that the event was created to give students an outlet to show their work while having fun. “This event was created to highlight and feature the great work students are doing in STEM-related areas across the district, we added a new component to the annual STEM Fair (previously known as Science Fair). During the STEM Student Showcase, students will [displayed, presented, demonstrated and otherwise highlighted] projects they’ve completed during the academic year.
Students participating in the fair came up with their own projects relating to twelve different areas; Botany, Chemistry, Earth/Space, Energy and Transportation, Engineering, Environmental, Math and Computer Science, Medical/Health, Microbiology, Physics, Social/Behavioral, and Zoology.
Braden Radle spent approximately three weeks testing water from the Ogden River and other water sources around Ogden for his project, “The Water Quality for the Ogden River and Ogden City Ponds”. His project won the Stockholm Water Prize. Radle said that he was not required by his teacher to participate in the fair by his school or his teacher, but that he participated because he loves to learn and science is his favorite subject.
Hallie Nooreda and Kayla Foust from Freedom Elementary realized that not many people know the difference between baking soda and baking powder. They proved in their project, “Better Brownies” that baking soda is four times more effective than baking powder. “We both like to learn new things and what’s more fun than asking new things and getting the results?” said Nooreda; and really, that’s what the STEM Fair was all about for the students- having fun, asking what they wanted, and finding the answers …all while having fun of course.
On Feb. 26, the following individuals were awarded in their respective categories at Roy High School. Weber School District would like to congratulate all of the winners and every student who participated in this year’s STEM Fair and STEM Showcase.