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St. Stephens High School gym was filled with nervous students, proud parents and observant judges during the fall semester Science Festival on Thursday, Oct. 25. Some students started practicing their speeches at 5:30 p.m., in hopes of impressing the judges enough to become one of the top three winners at the Science Festival.
â€śLast year, we called it the Science Festival and wanted to recognize all the students. We donâ€™t want to limit students with the typical science fair ideas,â€ť chemistry teacher Fred Whalen said. â€śWith the festival, we have all different types of projects from roller coasters to volcanoes.â€ť
Whalen said some of the students are doing the same kind of projects so this year, so they broke the festival into two events per year â€“ one in the fall and one in the spring. The science department also decided that with the new formulated events, they would give each semester a theme â€“ this semester was â€śMedicine in the 21st Century.â€ť
The fallâ€™s first science event brought in 150 projects from honors science classes. The idea is to make the festival about recognizing the honor students and to work with the core curriculum the state already requires, Whalen said. He said honors classes have to do a research based project, so the festival was started to show the parents what the students work on and study in class.
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