BRANDYWINE - Brandywine Elementary School will host the first Pendleton County Elementary School Science Fair to be held in many years on April 5.
Participants will be the third through sixth grade winners and honorable mentions from Brandywine, Franklin and North Fork elementary schools.
Registration and set up in the gymnasium will be from 8-9 a.m. Judging will begin at 9:15 a.m. and be completed by 11:30 a.m. As soon as the judging is complete, the school will open the gym for public viewing. The awards ceremony will be held at noon.
Brandywine Elementary School Science Fair winners include, kneeling from left, Ben Burgoyne, Allison Gregory, Stephen Godlewski, Ryan Mitchell, Javin Kuykendall, Josh Parker, Malachi Hours, Graycen Epley, Tessa Propst and Jenna Anderson; and standing from left, Emma Gibson, John Mauzy, Grace Connor, Hannah Koontz, Shyanna Frazier, Braden McClanahan, Brock Batson, Colton Batson, Trent Polling, Katie Scott and Jody Mullens. (Submitted photo)
Brandywine Elementary School Science Fair Grand Prize winner Ryan Mitchell displays his winning project. (Submitted photo)
"We're very excited! We've not had a county wide competition in quite a while- maybe 10 to 15 years! It will be kind of nice for the little guys to have one. It allows the students who worked hard on their projects to enhance them and compete at a county level," Brandywine principal Lincoln Propst said.
Fourth grade teacher Patty Sickler, who is organizing the event, feels it gives the kids a chance to have fun with projects while working together with their parents.
"The parents think it's a good idea - they like working with their children and like to see the children discovering new things," Sickler said.
Amy Batson, parent of twin fifth graders, Brock and Colton, said she helps her boys.
"I try to make it as much their work as possible. I type their reports. The hardest thing I have to do is not correct things such as their grammar - it's written in their own words. It can be challenging, if the children aren't into doing a project, but I think it's beneficial for them to learn the process," Batson said.
The elementary schools rotate each year between a science and social studies fair. The judges in this year's Brandywine fair made suggestions as to how each child could "refine" the project for the county event.
"We'll be holding a workshop to help the students improve and polish their reports and their project displays," Sickler said.
Brandywine winners were as follows: third grade: Patrick Renowick, first place; Braden Sewell, second; Jenna Anderson, third; honorable mention, Tessa Propst.
Fourth grade: Josh Parker and Trent Poling, tie for first; Emma Gibson, second; Grace Connor, third; honorable mention - Piper Cole, Gracen Epley, Shyanna Frazier, Braden McClanahan, Malachi Ours.
Fifth grade: Ryan Mitchell, first; Jody Mullins, second; Allison Gregory, third; honorable mention - Brock Batson, Colton Batson, Ben Burgoyne, Hannah Koontz, John Mauzy.
Sixth grade: Katie Scott, first; Stephen Godlewski, second; Javin Kukendall, third. Grand prize: Ryan Mitchell.
Sickler thinks children learn so much better with a hands-on activity.
"All of us do that. The children do their own research, learn to write a report and explain their project to others - there's a lot of learning of new things going on there ... much more than just sitting there reading a book. Kids like to be active!" Sickler added.