Fri, April 03

AHA sends 30 to science competition
Students to show projects on NAU campus

The scientific method is alive and well at American Heritage Academy in Cottonwood. It's doing so well that 30 students from the academy have been invited to the Northern Arizona Regional Science Fair at Northern Arizona University.

The students won the invitations by placing first, second or third in the charter school's local science fair.

Science teacher Lori Pratt said 21 academy students in junior and senior high earned slots in the regional competition. Nine students in fifth and sixth grades also were invited.

"It's either individuals or teams," Pratt said of the science projects entered into the competition. Teams are either two or three students working together.

Work for the science fair began early in the school year. "I told them about the science fair on the first day of school," Pratt said. Then work on the projects began Dec. 19. The academy held its science fair Jan. 23.

Students came up with their own science projects -- designed to use the scientific method of developing a question and testing it with an experiment -- and got approval from their teachers.

"They do them at home," Pratt said. "But they can come and ask me for help.

"They have to make a working experiment," she said. The point of the experiment is to learn if the project's hypothesis is correct or not. Pratt said there are no wrong results as long as the scientific method is used. The students are not expected to guess the test results before the experiment.

The science projects are important to the students. "It's three-quarters of their grade for the grade quarter," Pratt said.

Judges from outside the school selected the winners of the school's science fair.

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