Fenway High School has a longstanding partnership with the Museum of Science. Students regularly spend portions of the school day there throughout the year, and every December the museum hosts the school’s science fair. This year had ~70 participants covering a wide range of topics, and I spent my Friday morning helping to judge the event.
I talked with students presenting some really excellent work: studies looking at how quickly we recognize text compared to color, how our visual and aural channels affect our perceptions of race, and how gummi bears swell and deswell in certain solutions. So cool! The Fenway teachers stressed how much value is added to the event by having scientists from outside help out, but the benefit is decidedly mutual – I learned quite a bit and had a great time.
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