The Tilden Elementary Science Fair encourages students to explore science

The annual PTO-sponsored Tilden Elementary Science Fair featured a wide variety of projects on topics related to electricity, blood typing, animals, botany, food science, earth and space science, and many other areas of science. (Photo courtesy of the Tilden Elementary Science Fair Committee)

The annual PTO-sponsored Tilden Elementary Science Fair in February encouraged students to present independent projects and explore science through hands-on, interactive activities.

“All participating students were encouraged to independently complete the project according to the scientific method. Parents and teachers worked together to make this event a success,” the Science Fair Committee said in a statement.

The Science Fair committee consisted of President Thao Adams, Innovation Teacher Justine Reading and PTO member Melissa Stapinski. Open to all Tilden Elementary students and their families, the Science Fair brought together about 40 students who attend the school from kindergarten through fifth grade.

“Students at Tilden Elementary School have the opportunity to develop essential 21st century skills through an innovative, new curriculum implemented with all students K-5,” the board said in a statement. “This course is designed to provide students with hands-on experiences in the fields of technology, digital citizenship, coding, invention, and engineering and design. Knowledge is acquired through collaborative, project-based learning, creativity and trial and error, learning a way of thinking that enables them to face challenges. They learn thinking skills to create a better future.”

Annual PTO-sponsored Tilden Basic Science Fair in February.  she brought approximately 40 students from kindergarten to 5th grade.  (Photo courtesy of the Tilden Elementary Science Fair Committee)The annual PTO-sponsored Tilden Elementary Science Fair included several hands-on and immersive activities for students. (Photo courtesy of the Tilden Elementary Science Fair Committee)

The science fair featured a wide range of projects on topics related to electricity, blood typing, animals, botany, food science, earth and space science, and many other areas of science.

In addition to student projects, several hands-on and hands-on research activities were available for students, including coding with Sphero Indi cars, 3D construction and exploration with Strawbees, and a science challenge for students to construct and test their own parachute in a wind tunnel.

The annual PTO-sponsored Tilden Elementary Science Fair featured a wide variety of projects on topics related to electricity, blood typing, animals, botany, food science, earth and space science, and many other areas of science.  (Photo courtesy of the Tilden Elementary Science Fair Committee)The annual Tilden Elementary Science Fair sponsored by the PTO included several hands-on and immersive activities for students to explore, including coding with Sphero Indi cars, 3D construction and exploration with Strawbees, and a science challenge for students to construct and test their parachute in a wind tunnel. (Photo courtesy of the Tilden Elementary Science Fair Committee)

Science Fair judges were seven teachers: Brian Bindus, Marcy Donatelli, Jennifer Felty, Aimee Forte, Joan Honicker, Rebecca Noecker and Michael Schaeffer.

The awards ceremony concluded the Science Fair, recognizing all participating students who received their own pocket microscopes to continue scientific research at home.

Out of a total of nine winners, the first three winners of the Science Fair in Kindergarten and 1st grade, 2nd and 3rd grade, and 4th and 5th grade received a science-related medal and award.

The awards ceremony concluded the Tilden Elementary Science Fair, recognizing all participating students.  Top three winners in K-1.  grades, 2.-3.  grades and 4.-5.  classes received a medal and a prize related to science.  All participants received their own pocket microscopes.  (Photo courtesy of the Tilden Elementary Science Fair Committee)The awards ceremony concluded the Tilden Elementary Science Fair, recognizing all participating students. Top three winners in K-1. grades, 2.-3. grades and 4.-5. classes received a medal and a prize related to science. All participants received their own pocket microscopes. (Photo courtesy of the Tilden Elementary Science Fair Committee)

All students at the event were eligible to enter a raffle to win prizes thanks to donations from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, North Museum of Nature and Science, Reading Museum, Reading Science Center and Whitaker Center.

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