Young Minds Ask Big Questions At Mountain Elementary School’s Annual Science Fair

A large crowd attends the annual Science Fair Thursday at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Blobs In Motion: This team studied and questioned which energy works best to power homemade lava lamps and determined solar power to be the best source. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

This student questions the amount of glucose in food and drink, thinking processed items would have more than natural items. Her hypothesis was close with a few surpises mixed in. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Parents and community members turned out for Thursday’s annual Science Fair at Mountain Elementary School.

Many students put their best efforts into questioning things from, “Who Has The Best Short-Term Memory?” to “What’s The Best Way To Train Cats?” Attend the Los Alamos County Science Fair Jan. 22-23 to find out.

Other ambitious projects ranged from building an eco-efficient jet engine to the benefits of using natural soap.

“I’m very proud of all the Mountain Elementary students who participated. We have some very smart students and I appreciate all that our teachers and parents do to help these young students pull these science projects together,” Mountain Principal Jennifer Guy said. “And, I’m so proud that about 100 of our students will be presenting at the County Fair later this month.”

Nails For Breakfast: This student noticed the Iron (Fe) content in  breakfast cereals and questioned how much real iron is in these cereals and whether it could be extracted, and determined that using water, a magnet and a blender, the FE content could indeed be extracted. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Robotics: Third and fourth grade Robotics Club members got a chance to show off their success of planning, building and programming robots for various purposes. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/



Battle of the Ages: this student questions whether age effects peripheral vision and hypothesizes that the older one gets, the worse their peripheral vision gets, and her hypothesis is accurate. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/



Green Engine: This student studies whether an eco-efficient jet engine blue print can be created from readily available materials. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/