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Washington to hold 25th science fair

Over 240 students are set to participate in Washington School’s 25th Annual Science Fair on Thursday, March 18, at the school’s big gym.

This year’s theme, “Healthy Body, Healthy Planet,” is designed to coincide with Michelle Obama’s new “Let’s Move” campaign to curb childhood obesity.

Over 240 students are set to participate in Washington School’s 25th Annual Science Fair on Thursday, March 18, at the school’s big gym.

This year’s theme, “Healthy Body, Healthy Planet,” is designed to coincide with Michelle Obama’s new “Let’s Move” campaign to curb childhood obesity.

“Not only is personal health high on everyone’s agenda,” say science fair parent organizer Kathryn Evans, “but students are starting to understand that there is a direct link between personal health and the health of the planet."

Washington’s Science Fair is open to entrants from kindergarten through fifth grade, providing a chance for the entire student body to delve into the world of science.

Students are encouraged to participate through teacher and volunteer efforts both in the classrooms and during a series of four Science Saturdays, when volunteers work with students on various projects.

“I do a group project so no one is ever left out.  This year we are hatching eggs,” says third grade teacher Rosa McAndrew.

Each year every participant is awarded a coveted “Young Scientist” t-shirt with a cartoon by parent and graphic artist Heather Kezdy.

Initially the Washington Science Fair was a teacher-driven event, but the Washington PTA now sponsors the event and has garnered the support of the entire community.

The gym will be filled with close to 250 tri-fold boards of varying colors and sizes with assorted contraptions, experiments and demonstrations. Some projects will be in Spanish, as many students are bilingual at Washington, one of District 65’s schools offering a two-way Immersion language program.

New this year will be a “Washington Tastes!” table where students and their parents will have the opportunity to sample assorted healthy fruits and vegetables representing a “rainbow of colors,” such as sweet potato, beets, jicama and brown rice.

The science fair runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school at 914 Ashland Ave. It’s free and open to the public.

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