PHOTOS: Columneetza science students host science fair in Williams Lake
The group presenting a project on reproduction and the cell cycle stand with teacher Samantha Atkinson. Alyssa Bailey, from left, Alyna Obexer, Samantah Atkinson, Selena Norquay, Keasley Pigeon, and Harley Gentles. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune) A cake and some candy helped bring the parts of a cell to life. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune) This plant cell, left, clearly showed the parts of this plant cell. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune) A project on energy blended some shop skills as well as science, with a model water wheel, circuit board and windmill. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune) Cake pops were a tasty way to demonstrate the anatomy of an eye in a project on vision. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune) Jamie Ledo, from left, Cassidy Owens, and Emma Verhaeghe, were in the earth science booth which included a volcano made of cake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune) The chemistry booth was being tended by Liam Spearing, Quintin Deiasio-Velae, Nolan Adams and Alyssa Bailey. The booth included projects explaining the periodic table, illustrating density in a liquid tower and an explanation of mixtures. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune) A banner and some balloons marked the backstop of the ball diamond while on the field, a lunch was being served to students and visitors to the Columneetza Grade 8/9 science fair. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Four blocks of Grades 8 and 9 science students were displaying group projects on June 22 at a science fair instead of worrying about a final exam.
Students chose the theme of “Engineers of Tomorrow: Together we can do more” for the science fair, and on the sunny Thursday, the event felt festive, with music, food and booths displaying student projects.
Teacher Samantha Atkinson said the projects, which students began in early June, were replacement assessments which allow her to see students at their best.
While many students have anxiety around tests and final exams, the projects still demonstrate their knowledge of the subject, said Atkinson.
She also likes the students having a collaborative piece to their final evaluations.
Projects blended all four units together: chemistry, biology, physics and Earth Science.
Some younger science classes were invited to tour the booths and ask questions, including from Nesika Elementary and some Grade 7 Columneetza students.
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