Delta Elementary School recently held its third annual science fair. There were 67 projects entered this year, and they were amazing! Students from preschool to fifth grade were well represented. Projects were separated into three categories: research report, experiment, and the new engineering process category added this year. Projects were grouped into four grade levels — pre-k; kindergarten, first; second, third; and fourth, fifth. The winners of each category per grade level were awarded a blue ribbon and a special prize that will be given at the March assembly. 

Twenty-five members of the community volunteered to come in and judge and they did an amazing job, as always. In addition to ribbons, many local businesses and agencies came in and donated over $1,000 worth of cash and prizes to projects that pertained to their profession or to participants who they thought demonstrated excitement about science. 

Our objective continues to be having the community involved deeply with our science fair. We wanted them to do all of the judging and to shower our young scientists with attention. And they delivered! Once again, our community really stepped up for our kids. We would really like to thank all of our judges. I enjoy watching them every year because they are so impressed with our kids and they bring out the best in them. We have some very impressive scientific minds in our community, and I love listening to their questions and critiques of the various projects and how excited they get talking about science.

We would like to thank our local businesses and agencies that came in and very generously donated special gifts. They include the Delta Soil and Water Conservation District, M2C1 Engineering, Golden Eagle Outfitters, Igor’s Service and Repair, The Alaska Flour Company, Dennis Green and Sons, The Lene family, and the Alaska Division of Forestry.

We also want to thank all the parents who made sure their kids did their projects! Science fairs are hard work for families, but priceless to the kids. They remember these projects forever. Another big thanks to Heather Stossmeister and Cheryl Green for the incredible Lego League and Robotics demonstrations. Everyone who watched these demonstrations was in awe of the science these students are able to demonstrate. 

Winners: 

Preschool: Drake White and Layla Cummings

K-1 Research: Johnathan Marrero Pagan

K-1 Engineering: Vance Weidner

K-1 Experiment: Caiden Stoner

2-3 Research: Nathan Plourde

2-3 Engineering: Germaly Figueroa Perez

2-3 Experiment: Keyshlanie Albarran Rojas

4-5 Research: Evan Klein

4-5 Engineering: Noelle Conklin

4-5 Experiment: Ruthie Merrill

K-1 Whole Class: Kindergarten

2-3 Whole Class: Mrs. Hanson’s class

4-5 Whole Class: Mr. Gerhart’s class

Overall Winners:

Caiden Stoner: 117 points

Johnathan Merrero Pagan: 116 Points

Evan Klein: 113 points