organic chemistry classes recently judged the Kingdom Christian Academy science
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.”
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.
they could explain the science behind the experiment, whether it was a
reasonable experiment for their age and the overall knowledge of the project.
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.
students get exposure as professionals, and the experience the contestants get
with the judging team is a wonderful interaction.”
college students are scientists in the eyes of the younger students.
perspective and an invaluable experience, and Kyger hopes to have the same
opportunity at next year’s science fair.
her frog experiment.
Lily Meyers talks about “floating eggs.”
Aleena Li explains her project on evaporation.
Bradley’s science project.