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Elementary school students win big at Regional Science Fair

Maria Pittner
Special to the Bonanza
Michelle Mintz’s class at Incline Elementary took home first prize in the First Grade Class Science Fair Project category.
Courtesy Maria Pittner |

Incline Elementary School took home a third place, a fourth place and three first place prizes at the Western Nevada Regional Science Fair in Reno on March 25-26.

Macali Lade took fourth place in the Second Grade Inventions category for her “Wave and Tidal Energy” invention. Macali created models to show ways water can be used to capture energy.

Mia Coudriet took third place in the Fourth Grade Inventions category for her “No Spill Spout” invention — an adaptor for milk jugs that makes milk easier to pour.

Zach Harrell took first place in the Second Grade Inventions category for “Smart Glasses.” Zach’s invention would help users by translating text into a different language as they read.

Ben Browder took first place in the Third Grade Science Fair Project category for his project, “Don’t Touch That! Finding Germs at IES.”

Ben swabbed many places around IES and grew bacterial cultures to see which areas of the school were the dirtiest. He found that the stair handrails in the school grew the most bacteria.

Michelle Mintz’s first grade class also took home first prize in the First Grade Class Science Fair Project category for their project, “Shadow Shift.”

Mintz’s students measured their shadows every month of the school year to see how the length of their shadows changed over the course of the year.

Congratulations to all of these awesome scientists and to all of IES Regional Science Fair participants: Zane Richards, Amelia Combs, Hailey Jenkens, Taylor Kabot, Dylan Combs, Arianna Barajas, Tea Kiesel, Lena Soli, Kristina Gonzalez, Marina Moger and Eric Harssema’s third-grade class.

Maria Pittner, an AmeriCorps member, is the Science and Outdoor Education Coordinator at Incline Elementary School.


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