WWU Chemistry Students Judge KCA Science Fair

Nineteen William Woods University students in general and
organic chemistry classes recently judged the Kingdom Christian Academy science
fair.

“It was interesting being on the observation side of the
experiments and being able to ask questions that provoked thought, rather than
presenting my own project,” Joslyn Holtmeyer, a sophomore biology major from
Marthasville, Mo., said. “I really enjoyed the creativity and effort in each
project, along with the genuine enthusiasm the children had for science.”
 
The science fair was open to students in grades kindergarten
through eighth grade, although only fifth through eighth graders were required
to participate. The students were allowed to choose between performing an
experiment or demonstration or researching a topic of their choice. The
experiments ranged from the life cycle of a frog, to research on cancer, to the
trajectory of a horse’s jump.
 
Students were judged on several criteria, including whether
they could explain the science behind the experiment, whether it was a
reasonable experiment for their age and the overall knowledge of the project.
 
This is the third time William Woods students have
participated in judging the science fair. Dr. Joe Kyger, assistant professor of
chemistry, first got involved in 2009 when a parent from Kingdom Christian
Academy approached him.
 
“Every single person benefits from this,” Kyger said. “The
students get exposure as professionals, and the experience the contestants get
with the judging team is a wonderful interaction.”
 
Kyger said that it is important to participate because the
college students are scientists in the eyes of the younger students.
 
“You can show them what they can accomplish if they apply
themselves.”
 
Interaction with the young students gave them a different
perspective and an invaluable experience, and Kyger hopes to have the same
opportunity at next year’s science fair.
 
“Anytime our students can get out into the community, it’s a
positive experience.”
                                                         
 
CUTLINES:
Caroline Wilson tells Megan Owen and Elise Pacholewski about
her frog experiment.

Lily Meyers talks about “floating eggs.”

Aleena Li explains her project on evaporation.

Laura Johnson, Eilie Cole and Olivia Neely judge Ben
Bradley’s science project.