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Aspen kids display scientific prowess

John Colson
Aspen, CO Colorado
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ASPEN ” Budding young scientists will display their talents and interests from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Aspen Elementary School Science Fair and Expo.

The event, in its fifth year, is open to the public and will feature informal projects by second- and third-graders and the more formal efforts of fourth-graders. Projects will be on display at the school cafeteria, gymnasium and auxiliary gym.

According to teacher and organizer Julie Wille, younger students were “encouraged” to put together projects for the Science Expo, although participation was not mandatory.

The expo, Wille said, is a chance for second- and third-graders “to display their assorted scientific projects in the auxiliary gym. These might include informal inquiries, integrated projects, experiments that follow the scientific method or anything else that shows a student’s awesome scientific thinking.”

The younger students’ projects will not be judged, and presentations only will be made to the crowd of attendees, not to the panel of judges.

But for the fourth-graders, a science fair project is a classwide requirement, and the projects will be judged.

The entries are not judged competitively, however. Wille said the judges simply will be there to interview the entrants about their projects and write out a written analysis on each one.

“Each student will have her/his own scientific experiment along with a data journal and presentation board,” Wille wrote in a letter to parents about the event.

“The scientific method should be followed and displayed along with graphs, photos and other supportive materials. The fourth grade students will meet with their judges between 4:45 and 5:30. At 5:30, families will be invited into the gym.”

The panel of judges will include such local luminaries as Mayor Mick Ireland, members of the City Council, city employees and other local personalities, Wille said.

In a new development this year, Wille said, several parents have arranged to have four local chefs to provide organic food at a charge of $5.

The chefs also will give talks on organic food issues.

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