This year, many Henry School students will participate in The Henry Science Fair. Science fairs encourage children to explore and understand their world beyond the classroom. Investigating science topics can increase science aptitude, foster appreciation for the scientific process, and cultivate future scientists in preparation for an increasingly complex society.
Kindergarten through third graders will design group projects in class with their teachers, to be showcased at Henry. Fourth and fifth graders can do voluntary individual projects. Sixth through eighth graders are required to create individual or group projects. Although these projects will be judged and graded, the true goal of the fair is to stimulate curiosity and sense of pride and accomplishment.
Fourth through eight grade winners of the Henry Science Fair will participate in Philadelphia’s George Washington Carver Science Fair. Created in 1979, the Carver Fair is the oldest urban science fair in the United States and is open to students from all Philadelphia public, parochial, private, charter, and home schools. All Carver Fair participants receive certificates, and winners receive prizes such as gold, silver, and bronze metals; special awards ranging from gift certificates to college scholarships; and a chance to participate in the Delaware Valley Science Fair and the International Science Fair. For more information, including a list of last year’s Henry winners, visit the Carver Science Fair website.
Henry welcomes volunteers to help with this year’s Science Fair. These opportunities include assisting with set-up the day before and day of the fairs, judging the older students’ projects, helping with community promotion, and similar tasks. For more information about the Henry Science Fair, please contact Principal Caren Trantas, Science Teacher Christine Jensen, or Parent Representative Nancy Peter.