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Forest Hills Science Fair is a 'great addition' to curriculum and a longstanding tradition


SUBMITTED PHOTO: PJ CLARK - Brooklyn Lindsey, a kindergartener, shared her experiment on how you grow a lizard during the Forest Hills Elementary School Science Fair on March 15.Forest Hills Elementary School held its annual Science Fair last week, featuring everything from techniques for growing lizards and the advent of the toothpaste monster to an anaysis of rain water vs. tap water for house plants and a display on whatever white chocolate is made of.

Ben Patinkin, whose first-grader Flynn attends Forest Hills, said his son enjoyed the opportunity to go beyond the “already great day-to-day education” he receives at the school.

“He was able to pick out his own geology project, form a hypothesis and conduct a fun experiment that helped him arrive at his own conclusions,” Patinkin said. “We couldn’t be more proud of him, and we can’t thank the PTO enough for bringing in this great addition to our school curriculum.”

The volunteer Parent-Teacher Organization at Forest Hills hosted the Science Fair on March 15, chaired by Kim Rigney and Sonia Finney. Local parent PJ Clark said one of the crowd favorites was a project by fourth-graders Peter Cory and Adam Wrenn called “The Science of Steph Curry’s Shot.”

SUBMITTED PHOTO: PJ CLARK - Fourth-graders Peter Cory (left) and Adam Wrenn's project, 'The Science of Steph Curry's Shot,' was a crowd favorite at the Science Fair last week.It was “a scientific exploration of the magic behind the current NBA three-point record-breaking player,” Clark said.

Brooklyn Lindsey, a kindergartener, shared how you grow a lizard, while kindergartener Theo Killian showed his Toothpaste Monster. Fifth-grader Chloe Collier displayed her project on white chocolate and Benjamin Crockett discussed his experiment on growing plants in tap or rain water. Fourth-graders Jared Mitsui and Mahdy Muratov’s “The Science of Black Light” involved reading secret messages by black light.

OMSI even had a demonstration area at the back of the room.

“The science fair is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to work on a project together that is an engaging, fun, learning experience for everyone,” said Forest Hills Principal Amy Blakey. “We appreciate the hard work and dedication our PTO provides each year. Hosting the science fair is a great supplement to the STEM standards.”

— The Review