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Students show off science skills

Staff Reports
Jim GrantMegan Xin, a sixth grade student at Jacks valley Elementary school did her science fair project on rubber bands. She wanted to know if the size of a rubber band affects how far it can travel.

Jacks Valley Elementary School was transformed into a veritable laboratory on Monday as students exhibited 171 projects for their annual science fair.

“The JVES science fair committee was excited to see a variety of projects submitted by our students,” said ESL teacher and science fair committee member Andrew Fromdahl. “Some of the projects are related to topics covered at school like weather, and others are generated from student curiosity such as moldy food or impact of different liquids on materials.”

Of the total number of projects, 162 came from fourth-, fifth and sixth graders. There were three class projects and six entries from second- and third-graders.

The projects were judged by 23 volunteers from various groups in the community, including the school district, Minden-Tahoe Airport, Western Nevada College, Diablo Industries Thin Film, GE Energy, and others. Judges used the school’s iPads to submits score sheets electronically.

“We hosted family night Monday evening and had an estimated 300 parents, students, and family members attend,” said Fromdahl.

Upper grade participants earned a Block E credit, which is the school’s academic and citizenship award program. Fifth- and sixth-graders also submitted their projects for science class requirements.

La Hacienda del Sazon of Minden provided a luncheon for school staff and judges.

sixth grade, 1st place: Hunter Croxall/Josh Coston- Potato Power (qualified for regional)

sixth grade, 2nd place: Titan Thoene – High Temperature, Low Voltage (qualified for regional)

sixth grade, 3rd place: Liam Holman – Paper Strength (qualified for regional)

sixth grade, honorable mention: Lauren Laza-Twist – Crystal Tavern (qualified for regional)

sixth grade, honorable mention: Milana Acolino – Water, Water, What Wouldn’t Grow

fifth grade, first place: Kristina Benbrooks – Bones vs Liquid (qualified for regional)

fifth grade, second place: Christopher Rowe – Electrode Lighting (qualified for regional)

fifth grade, third place: Steven Richter – Flight or Fail (qualified for regional)

fifth grade, honorable mention: Emily Conover – Popcorn Prediction

fifth grade, honorable mention: Devi Schwartz – Plop Plop Fizz Fizz

fourth grade, first place: Noah Blackthorn/Darrion Chastain/Ethan Schutten – Air Pressure, Can Destroyer (qualified for regional)

fourth grade, second place: Gage Mills/Gabriel George – Soda Geyser

fourth grade, third place: Justin Xin – Snap-shot

fourth grade, honorable mention: Kyla Palaroan – Building Beaches

third grade, first place: Clark Burns – How Does Frost Form

third grade, second place: Stephanie Lin – Magic Balloon

second grade, first place:, Skyler Sherbon – Candy Meltdown

second grade, second place, Kiana Hillis – Water Rockets