IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Irvington school district students in grades kindergarten through 12 took part in the first Irvington Science Fair on April 30.
Sponsored by the PTSA, the fair featured close to 75 science research projects, some of which were undertaken by multiple students. While the science research projects were not a curricular requirement, the district welcomed PTSA co-chair Lisa Armogan into the classrooms to encourage students to conduct their own experiments at home and showcase them at school to parents and friends.
Each student received a certificate of participation. Local community members and area organizations also participated in the science fair by setting up booths and interactive displays. Engineers discussed the new Tappan Zee Bridge project with participants and families; students tested out different types of sand to determine which one makes the best sand castle; and others experienced the mobile science laboratory at the digital arts bus and learned about hydraulics and pump operations from the local fire department. Raina Kor, assistant superintendent for instruction, said the students were inspired to become creators and inventors as they explored the world of science, technology, engineering and math through the science fair.
“With our current implementation of STEM-based curriculum in all of our schools, the science fair supports and reinforces our commitment to the growth of STEM-based learning,” she said.
Seventh-grader Esha Shenoy, whose science research project focused on the five-second rule, said this is the first science fair she’s attended and was excited by the opportunity the district provided to all of its students to further explore their interests in science.
Ryan Thompson, a seventh-grader who conducted the Penny Challenge, said he wanted to educate other students that objects float better on a dense surface, like salt water, than fresh water. “Science is the foundation for the world, and it shows how things work,” he said.