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Midview East students present science projects

GRAFTON — John Sizemor, a fifth-grader at Midview Elementary School, had a newfound love of static electricity after completing and presenting his science project on Tuesday.

“I just like getting the balloon stuck to things,” Sizemor said of his experiment into which materials conduct static electricity best. “I thought it would be a really fun and cool.”

Sizemor was just one of almost 250 students who presented their science projects Tuesday.

From 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., parents, teachers and judges flooded the gym of Midview East Elementary School to examine and judge two months’ worth of work by the fifth-grade class to prepare and present their individual science fair projects.

“I love seeing it all come together,” said Brenda Koehler, one of three fifth-grade science teachers at the school.

Koehler and her colleagues, Melanie Soster and Natalie Long, spent the past two months developing the science fair projects with their students and teaching their students basic research skills.

Long, who initially brought up the idea of a science fair this year, worked with children to create a science fair at her last teaching job and thought the idea could benefit Midview.

“It’s a great self confidence boost,” Long said of the effect a science fair has on young students. “They know they can do things on their own.”

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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