In middle school, Delta and Honors science students are required to conduct a science fair project for a grade. However, in high school, science fair is not mandatory because students can choose if they want to continue doing science fair, be a part of Math Engineering Science Achievement. (MESA), or Academic Decathlon. The Delta science fair is an annual event that takes place in order for students "to understand and be able to apply the science method to their science fair projects. They'll learn what science is like in the real world, conducting multiple trials, collecting data, collecting results, applying what they've learned.” Mrs. Kelly says.
This year, the science fair projects consisted of a broad range of variety, from product testing to environmental science to medicine. According to Ms. Vasquez, “This year's projects were given much more thought and planning. They were more thorough, including all of the steps of the scientific method. They were more complex and included more variety. You could tell more time was spent on their projects.”
8th graders Ben Swanson and Jimmy Solano said , “It was a struggling process. It took up a lot of our time. It wasn't exactly enjoyable.” They both received 2nd place in their grade for their project.
8th grader Kari Beth Bradford said, “ I enjoyed doing science fair. I liked how my results turned out, they were surprising.” Kari Beth received honorable mention for her project.
9th graders Regina Ranieri and Allison Sihilling had a reason behind why they chose to do their project on fitness. Regina says, “We wanted to do our science fair project on something modern and be able to connect with society. The fitness industry is booming and we wanted to do something that people would value.”
Mrs. Kelly optimistically stated, “Compared to previous years, the projects are becoming significantly better. This year's science fair has probably been the best year so far.”