Northwest Montessori 2009 Annual Science Fair

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Northwest Montessori House of Children's 7th Annual Science Fair was a huge success. The young scientists of Ms. Ali's class have shown us why we never really knew science until we heard it explained by four year olds. Over thirty students from Ms. Ali's class, ages four and five and six, each shared their science experiments with their fellow students, family, and local experts in the fields of science and mathematics. They were joined by Reporter Nik Ciccone and his team from Fox7 news, and featured on their morning broadcast. Certificates of Achievement were handed out by Ivan Barrios, senior chemist for Holly Street Laboratories, and Megan Boulette, University of Texas microbiologist.

After a month of preparation, all of our scientists' hard work really paid off as they finally had the opportunity to share their discoveries. The projects were as varied as Parum's demonstration of solar and wind energy, Rekha's exploration of the lifecycle of ladybugs, and Matthew's presentation on electrical connections.

Northwest Montessori, in its 25 years of serving Austin students and families, has always operated under the belief that instilling a love of science in students from a young age not only paves the way for future success, but also nurtures every child's natural instinct to discover and explore. Our scientists may be young, but they amazed us all with what they learned to do with everyday materials. While many assume pre-school children are just starting their abc's, our students each spoke eloquently about projects most students do not tackle until 4th or 5th grade. Year after year, we remember why this science fair is such a rewarding event; it is not only the hard work and the mastery of knowledge, but the look of pride in accomplishment we see in each child's face.

We are so proud of everyone!

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Please check out some of our students at in the video below.

Science Fair 2009 Pictures