300 Students participate in 42nd annual Science Fair

Girl with stuffed dog standing in front of science fair project

For 42 years, District 58 has encouraged students to explore the world of science and conduct their own experiments. And, every year, at the District 58 Science Fair the experiments become more creative. “The fair showcased a remarkable display of inventiveness, with experiments ranging from homemade volcanoes to thoughtful discoveries for everyday problems,” said Michelle Rzepka, Hillcrest principal. The Fair was organized by Rzpeka, Highland Principal Zac Craft, Pierce Downer Principal Dr. Leland Wagner, El Sierra Principal Jason Lynde and Assistant Superintendent Liz Ehrhart. 

"I continue to be impressed with the projects that students create each year,” said Lynde, pointing out that this year students tackled projects that investigated Artificial Intelligence (AI)." 

The fair is a staple in District 58. This year, 300 students in grades 1-6 participated, creating 200 different projects. Volunteer judges – one educator and one with a science background – judged each project on a nine-point rubric. They looked at whether students conducted trials, could give an oral presentation and draw reasonable conclusions. 

“It was such joy seeing science come to life,” said Ehrhart. The fair fosters a sense of unity among students, staff, families, volunteers and the community. Oftentimes, the family works on a project together. “It’s such a success because it creates a platform to share enthusiasm around science, inquiry, and hands-on learning,” said Wagner.

“I am grateful that our students in District 58 can have this enriching experience and it is all thanks to the volunteers who make this event possible,” said Highland Principal Craft. “It was truly a team effort,” said Ehrhart.

See photos of students and the Science Fair in the Photo Gallery.