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04-21-12: Hundreds of students showcase learning at Spring Fair
04-21-12: Hundreds of students showcase learning at Spring Fair

Hundreds of students participated April 19-22 in the school district's annual straw tower contest, district Science Fair, and Honoring Cultures Diversity Celebration.
The events, held in conjunction with the Puyallup Spring Fair, drew thousands of onlookers to the student learning exhibits.

Straw Tower Contest

With a bag of neon-colored plastic straws and a box of paperclips in hand, 38 students in grades three through 11 raced against the clock to build a structure in one hour that, when finished, could hold the weight of a hard-boiled egg.

The straw tower that remained standing and measured the tallest from the floor to the bottom of the egg was declared the first place winner. Ribbons also were awarded to second and third place, as well as for participation.

While some towers toppled as quickly as students set their egg on the structures, others stood strong and remained on display throughout the four days of the Spring Fair.

Science Explorations 2012

Nearly 320 students in grades kindergarten through six entered the district's 14th annual science fair, "Science Explorations 2012."

Students shared their scientific knowledge with a team of judges who met individually with every entrant on Saturday morning, April 21, and asked extensive questions about their understanding of the experiments.

The young scientists, many of them dressed up for the formal interviews, each presented a three-sided display board that outlined their scientific question, hypothesis, variables, procedure, results, and conclusion, as well as a written journal of their work.

The hundreds of projects this year explored answers to questions such as:

  • Does changing the type of flour in a cake recipe affect how tall the cake will rise?
  • Does singing affect the growth of plants?
  • Will swabs from surfaces in public areas and at home that we touch every day show a similar amount of bacterial growth on an agar plate compared to a sample from a public bathroom floor?
  • Does changing what you wear affect how fast you swim?

The event was made possible with the help of nearly 100 school district staff members and community volunteers.

Science Fair organizers announced the winners and handed out ribbons for those who placed and participated during a special ceremony on Sunday, April 22.

Honoring Cultures Diversity Celebration

Art, essays, poetry, stage performances, and other culturally relevant student learning projects made up this year's ninth annual Honoring Cultures Diversity Celebration.

The event, sponsored by the Office of Diversity Affairs, included a full day of student and community group stage performances on Saturday, April 21.

More than 300 students and community members participated in cultural performances on the outdoor Coca-Cola Stage ranging from choir, band, and dance groups, to American Sign Language, steel drums, and a Martin Luther King, Jr. song, dance, and instrument tribute.

Numerous students from throughout the district also stood by their artwork displayed indoors and explained to fairgoers the mediums they used and the meaning behind their work.

The displays showcased the district's continued efforts to honor the cultures of students and staff through curriculum, read-alouds, art projects, student presentations, and performances.