Among hundreds of students competing at the fifth annual Arizona State Science and Engineering Fair, six Pine Strawberry School students took home awards with two garnering first-place honors.
Abby Greenleaf’s project took first in the environmental sciences category with Nick Schneider taking first in the medicine and health sciences class.
Greenleaf and Schneider were among nine P-S School students that went to the Valley with P-S junior high teacher Stacy Flanagan in mid-April to compete.
Other winners included Adam Jergens who took home a second-place honor in animal sciences; Linda Lombardi, third in medicine and health sciences; Emma Greenleaf, fourth in engineering; and Ellis Cluff, fourth in mathematical sciences.
“It’s a great hands-on way to learn how science works. Science fair is a big deal for the students and state science fair is the grand prize,” Flanagan said.
The students started working on their projects right after Christmas break.
“During the development of their projects they learn about the scientific process, form a hypothesis, experiment and come to a conclusion about their project,” Flanagan said.
Students then write a report about their findings and present it at the school science fair.