Students get creative at RMS science fair |

Students get creative at RMS science fair

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson Jacob Berry, 11, left, holds the cylindar steady as Landon Lundy, fifth-grade science and math teacher, pours water into it at Rifle Middle School's first annual science fair Thursday night. Lundy was using water displacement to measure lung capacity.

Seventh-grader Rachel DeForest won the award for “most creative question” at Rifle Middle School’s first science fair.

Seventh-grader Rachel DeForest won the award for “most creative question” at Rifle Middle School’s first science fair. She asked if plants would grow better in soil or in hair.”She thought and so did I,” said Rachel’s mother, Christine DeForest, “that these would die – the ones in the hair.” But they grew, just not as quickly as the plants in soil.

DeForest said her daughter collected hair clippings off the floor of the Wal-Mart salon for her project. As for that creative question, Deforest said she had nothing to do with it.Rachel’s twin brother, James, won an award for “intriguing question.” His group tested to see whether a white carnation would take the color of food coloring in its water.”I didn’t think it was going to work,” James said. “But it did and I was real happy. We got a good grade.”Rifle Middle School Principal Mark MacHale said the science fair was a tradition he really wanted to start.

“It really gets the kids engaged,” he said. “This is the kind of thing the kids will remember for a long time. They might not remember the CSAPs, but they’ll remember their science fair.”Parents were lined up at the doors early, MacHale said, waiting to get into the science fair.”Parents come for sports events,” MacHale said. “They come for plays. Now they feel excited about academics, too.”Christine and Darrell DeForest, who came to see their kids’ displays, said they were excited to see what other kids did.”You can tell some of these kids really did a lot of work,” Christine said.

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