The Socorro Independent School District 2019 Elementary Science Fair was an opportunity for hundreds of elementary students to show off their innovative science projects and the hours of research, experimenting and critical thinking they put into the projects.
More than 450 third- through fifth-grade students presented their projects at Pebble Hills High School showcasing research on physical science, life science, earth and environmental science, behavioral science, engineering and math.
First, second and third place winners were awarded per category and grade level.
“I’m excited because this is my third and final year coming here and I’m also very proud of myself,” said Ian Flores, a fifth-grade student from Myrtle Cooper Elementary, who placed first in his category for his research on whether soil type affects building stability during an earthquake.
Sweepstake winners, one per grade level, also were named. The sweepstakes winners were Jade Gordy, third grader at John Drugan School, Natalia Armendariz fourth grader from John Drugan and Christian Feely, fifth grader at Loma Verde Elementary. The campus sweepstakes winner was John Drugan School.
This year’s science fair had an Apollo 11 theme to honor the 50th anniversary of the moon mission and inspire the next generation of scientists. Students started the scientific journey by presenting their projects to their class and at the campus science fairs. First place winners in each individual category at the school level then advanced to the district science fair.
“The district science fair prepares these students for the world of science,” said Latreye Waters, a SCEI coach at Sierra Vista Elementary. “The science fair itself makes them go through the whole scientific process.”
The event is a great community event, involving educators at all grade levels and subject areas at the schools and includes SISD high school students and University of Texas at El Paso alumni as judges.
Socorro Girón, a fifth-grade bilingual teacher at Escontrias Elementary, said she is proud of all students who participated in the science fair because she knows they worked hard and they deserve recognition for the effort they dedicated in order to make it to the district science fair. Their participation at this level will benefit them in the long run, she said.
“We like to see students succeed and practice makes them better,” said Socorro Girón a fifth-grade bilingual teacher at Escontrias Elementary.
The competition was held in Early November.