Over the next two weeks, Hesperia's students will pull energy from vegetables, play with light and color and test theorems: science fair season is underway.

"All grade levels" are participating, according to Kathy Miller, an assistant principal at Lime Street Elementary School, who's coordinating the district-wide science fair on March 6. There will even be a few kindergarteners there.

"They compete with their own grade level," said Miller. "Each student is already a winner, and they're going to receive a medal. And we'll be giving out first, second and third place trophies."

Ranchero Middle School was one of the first Hesperia Unified School District schools to hold their science fair, which took place on Wed., Feb. 3. There, 91 students tested the toxicity of household cleaners, evaluated the best ant poisons and glues, compared the exhaust produced by different vehicles and more.

"It's a very tough competition," said Miller. "You would be surprised at the quality we get every year."

In addition to the student scientists, there will be additional science-related exhibits at the March 6 science fair. The San Bernardino County Museum will be setting up hands-on animal and reptile exhibits and the district is recruiting local scientists and science enthusiasts as well.

"We've got a dad who's going to be making snow," said Miller. "We've got an individual making toothpaste."

The Hesperia Unified School District science fair will take place on Sat., March 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hesperia High School gymnasium. Award presentations by grade level will be taking place throughout the day.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ranchero Middle School science fair winners

Eighth Grade:
"Winter Solar Speedway" by Matthew Garcia
"Attack of the Killer Cleaners" by Nicole McGowan
"Nothing But Net" by Kimberly Jones
"Ant Attack!" by Mark Melendez

Seventh Grade:
"Enriching Desert Soil" by MIkayla Webb
"Watts the Big Idea" by Thomas Sedlak
"Most Useful Glues" by Tyler Peterson
"What is the Difference Between Natural and Chemical Cleaning Products" by Sabrina Smith

Outstanding environmental science project award sponsored by the Mojave Air Quality Management District: "Dirty Exhaust" by Austen Paul, Eighth Grade