THORNWOOD, N.Y. -- The fifth grade "Celebration of Learning" at Westlake Middle School in Thornwood on March 3 focused on everything science.
The science fair is held each year as fifth graders learn the foundations for science research that will lay the groundwork for what's ahead in middle school.
Tri-fold poster boards filled the gym as 10-and 11-year olds got their first look at what science fairs are all about.
Using the scientific method, students spent weeks researching and experimenting, then collecting and analyzing their data.
On the evening of the fair, students stood beside their boards waiting to explain their fieldwork to parents, relatives and teachers. They explained their research — in full detail — without the use of note cards.
Project topics ranged from egg shell permeability and whether liquids have different rates of evaporation, to whether color affects memory.
The Science Olympiad competition will be held at the middle school next year.