On Sunday, April 30th, the Brophy Elementary School PTO held a Science Fair and STEM. The cafeteria was filled with 43 students presenting 30 experiments and research topics. Experiments included hovercrafts homemade glow-in-the-dark paint, optical illusions and using potatoes as electrical conduits to name a few. Presentations were also given on erupting volcanoes, potential and kinetic energy, circuits and electricity, and vision/animation.
Students from all grade levels worked individually or in teams to explore a specific subject matter outside the classroom. They used the scientific method to form hypotheses, conduct hands-on experiments and draw conclusions based on their results.
Ten organizations also came to the Fair with a wide range of lessons and activities for the students. These groups included Desktop Metal, iRobot, Energize Framingham, Framingham High School Robotic, Framingham Public Library’s Spark Lab, MathWorks, Northeastern University and Zebra Robotics. A friend of Brophy, Craig Shaffer, gave demonstrations on the impacts of liquid nitrogen on balloons, which had the students amazed. Students and families were also excited to meet Team Valkyrie and Team SawBlaze from the Discovery Channel Show BattleBots, and see their bots in person.
“The Science Fair has long been a very popular event at Brophy. Andrew Pollard and I are very excited to bring it back after a 3-year hiatus,” says Angela Doughty, Brophy PTO Secretary and Event Co-Chair for the Fair. “We are proud of the hard work students put into their presentations, and loved that we were able to feature organizations that could bring the world of science to life.”