Science teacher says event returns for first time in years
BY AZANIA BRIGGS
Grambling State University Media Bureau
Grambling, LA – Summer Banuelos is already looking forward to Grambling Laboratory High School’s next science fair.
“I just want to do another human behavior project because I find it very interesting,” said the 14-year-old native of Hope, Ark.
She decided to find out if childproof containers are really childproof, and the results she acquired through several tests were surprising. “I found out that childproof containers are only child proof until a child reaches a certain age of comprehension,” said Banuelos, a freshman. “At some point in time they mimic the actions of those around them.”
About 20 students showcased science projects Wednesday, projects they worked on for two weeks. The students developed research topics using scientific methods to test hypotheses and theories they formulated in an academic context.
“The purpose of the science fair is to get the students engaged in scientific discovery,” said Candace Westbrook, 34, a Little Rock, Ark., native, Grambling State University graduate and a science teacher who has been working at the high school for the past year. “This is the first time the science fair has been reinstated after several years of the fair not being active.” a native of
The fair was held in the school library, where brightly colored poster boards were placed on wooden tables for all to see. Grambling lab middle and high school students gazed at boards, finding scientific findings of colleagues and friends as teachers graded the exhibits. The projects included the use of cellphones, hair dye, candy, popcorn and magnets.
One student chose diapers for her science experiment exhibit.
“I enjoyed finding out what diaper worked best at absorbing liquids, and also the different types of rashes and how long diapers should be kept on,” said Kierra Griggs,14, a freshman from New Orleans who spent two weeks conducting her experiment.
Tiaron Ford, 14, took only five days to complete her project, with a little help from her grandmother and brother. Her science exhibit focused on whether preferences bias choices. “My favorite part of my research was finally charting my finding,” said the Grambling native. “I learned that people chose their favorite colors or flavors over other choices.”
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