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Students Participate in School Science Fair
January 9th, 2014

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Have you ever wondered if there is truly power in Powerade? Have you ever been curious to find out what type of music bacteria prefers? On December 11, students of St. Pius X presented their results on these questions and many others at the 2013 school science fair. The project was the brainchild of science teacher Mr. Matthew Smentek, who wanted to offer students the opportunity to explore their interests outside of the regular school day.

As participation in the science fair was entirely voluntary, students were motivated by their own interests and the opportunity to compete at a higher level. According to Mr. Smentek, “Many of these students have an interest in science that cannot be met through coursework alone and must be supplemented with personal research.” The teacher worked closely with the students throughout the first semester on their projects and he hopes to make the science fair an annual event at the school.

Science teacher Mr. Matt Lammers and Dean of Academics Mr. John Griffith served as judges for this year’s fair. They evaluated a wide variety of topics and experiments in the Young Center Lobby. Five different groups scored high enough to earn a space in the upcoming regional science fair.

Special thanks and congratulations to all students for their participation! Be sure to check back for results from the regional fair.



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