RICHMOND — As soon as they returned to school after Christmas, St. Mark Catholic School students began working on science projects that they exhibited Friday.
Students from first through fifth grade took part in the fair that was the first since St. Mark eliminated its middle school grades in 2009. Now that the school has rebuilt classes through fifth grade, principal Cathy Cornett said it was ready to resume its science fair tradition.
The fair was a way to challenge the students, Cornett said.
“We have have found that the higher we hold expectations, the more our students surprise us by exceeding them,” Cornett said. “You could reasonably expect any of the projects you see in our science fair to have been done by middle school students. However, our students have always desired to go above and beyond. That is very evident in these projects.”
The projects were judged by 22 Eastern Kentucky University education majors from Dr. Melissa Dieckmann’s Earth Science for Teachers class.
The top winners from each grade level will compete in the diocesan-level science fair next month.
Judging the fair allowed the college students to apply their scientific inquiry skills as well as see from behind-the-scenes how a science fair is planned and implemented, Dieckmann said. She also teaches science at St. Mark and was consultant for the fair.
Dieckmann and St. Mark first-grade teacher Jana Mayer coordinated the event.