Junior high students get excited about science

Junior high students get excited about science

L’ANSE — For the second year in a row, a science fair was held at L’Anse Jr. High.

Roughly 165 students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade began preparation for the fair in January. On Tuesday, all of their final products were on display for other students and parents.

L’Anse Junior High Science Teacher Jen Martin says it’s a great opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of the scientific method.

“What we’re really trying to do is support hands–on learning and inquiry–based learning,” said L’Anse Junior High Science Teacher Jen Martin, “and what better way to do that than having a science fair. So students develop their question and they had to come up with a method, all their materials, and their different variables and figure out a way to design that and come up with a conclusion. Science is everything, everywhere, and is a whole lot of fun.”

For many of the students, this is the end, but for some this fair serves as a trial run for the upcoming science fair at Michigan Tech on Thursday.

“This year had 25 students that are signed up to go,” added Martin, “which last year we had about six so we’re really trying to get this culture growing about science fair, doing projects, and hands–on learning. I feel like we’re getting lots of little successes.”

ABC Ten will have a reporter at the Western Upper Peninsula Science Fair at Michigan Tech to bring you the details on Thursday.