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An experiment extravaganza: Brandon-Evansville students display science experiments

Cherise Wales, a seventh-grader, demonstrates her science fair project which has to do with creating a water tornado inside two bottles. (Beth Leipholtz / Echo Press)1 / 3
Seventh-grader Brody Merritt blows up a balloon for his experiment, which has to do with growing yeast inside a bottle with a balloon attached to the top. Depending on the concoction, different balloons inflated different amounts. (Beth Leipholtz / Echo Press)2 / 3
Students were able to walk around and take in their classmates' projects while writing down observations. (Beth Leipholtz / Echo Press)3 / 3

Balloons, tornadoes and Skittles — this science fair had it all.

On Wednesday, March 7, seventh- and eighth-graders at Brandon-Evansville came together to demonstrate their science experiments and findings. The projects had been about seven weeks in the making.

Kasi Sieling, the sixth- through eighth-grade science teacher, helped her students brainstorm ideas in January before they brought them to life.

"I let them choose any question they have," she said. "We talk about a category they're interested in. ... They have to choose a question where they can actually design an experiment and test it."

While some experiments are similar year to year, others are brand new. One this year had to do with dissolving skittle sin different substances, while another took on liquid sand.

"There are a lot of unique ones this year that I haven't seen before," Sieling said. "Kids got creative. There's one about liquefied sand. They got that idea from a YouTube video and they wanted to replicate it."

Sieling says one of the highlights of the science fair is seeing students go through the process of brainstorming and researching and see it through to the end.

"It's fun to see that the students who don't traditionally excel or get excited, they do really well with this," she said. "It's a lot of fun to see them go from the beginning, where they're just thinking, and see them really take ownership of it. They get excited and learn and they're kind of the experts on that. It's cool to see that and see them be the ones who can teach it."

Beth Leipholtz

Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.

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