Mountain Elementary School Students Explore Big Questions For Science Fair 2017

Sixth grade students, from left, Yunseo Kim, Violet Henderson and Taylor Kanzleiter hold up the welcome sign at Thursday’s Science Fair. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Mountain Elementary 6th grader Marina Naranjo wondered if fingerprints are genetic. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Fourth grader Natalie Crawford asked whether guinea pigs could successfully navigate a maze by sense of smell and memory. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Fifth grader Ryan Sood explored his interest in football by asking whether wearing a glove helps players throw the football farther. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/


By KayLinda Crawford
Los Alamos Daily Post

Mountain Elementary School 4th, 5th and 6th graders participated in Thursday’s 2017 Mountain Elementary Science Fair.

The projects challenged these young scientists to turn questions that interest them into well organized presentations that included clearly stated hypothesis, test procedures, conclusions and project details.

During the Science Fair, the students took their projects to the next step as they interacted with many people asking questions about their projects and offering feedback about their efforts.

“I am very proud of all the effort that the students put into their projects. I learned a lot from these projects,” Mountain Elementary Principal Jennifer Guy said. “I especially want to thank all of the volunteers who served as judges. It was great to see our students interacting with so many different people and explaining their learning.”

The next step for some of these projects is to be displayed and presented at the Los Alamos County Fair, Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Los Alamos High School lobby. 

Registration for the County Science Fair is 3:45-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. Judging is 8-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. All 6th through 12th grade participants must be present for judging. Public viewing is 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21.

One young scientist studied which popular beverages stain teeth. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

A 6th grader compared Los Alamos tap water to filtered water. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

A 6th grader wondered whether Goldfish could be trained. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

A 6th grade student considered how online product reviews affect shopper’s decisions. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/