The Lynbrook West End Elementary gymnasium was bustling last week with children, parents and administrators who came to see what the fourth and fifth graders created for their first science fair.
The fair was a success due to the 19 fifth graders and 26 fourth grade students who participated, but only became a reality due to the persistence of PTA parent Joanne Huffine.
With the help of science teacher Annmarie Roth and a committee, students were encouraged to submit optional entries.
Each experiment's topic, chosen by the student, was conducted by one or two students, and followed the steps of the scientific method. Proposals were submitted in December and students had January and February to complete their projects.
"We are looking forward to the excitement to carry over to next year and include third graders," Huffine said.
As an added benefit to participants, Lynbrook High School's science teacher David Shanker, along with members of his Science Research Program -- a four-year program students enter as freshman -- came to support and critique their younger counterparts.
In addition, Interim Superintendent Dr. Melissa Burak and board of education trustee Alicemarie Bresnihan also came to see the experiments performed by the students.
Above story submitted by Madeline Donnarumma.