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Renaissance Science Fair Dazzles the Eye and Stimulates the Mind

    This Science Fair exhibit was created by members of the Renaissance sixth grade class, participating in the largest school-wide event of the academic year.
  This Science Fair exhibit was created by members of the Renaissance sixth grade class, participating in the largest school-wide event of the academic year.

This year's Science Fair at Renaissance Middle School featured the theme "The Solar System: It's All in What's There." The annual fundraising event continues to grow, with all grades participating and parents and the community invited in on the final evening to view the students' hard work.

The Science Fair requires each grade to focus on a theme within the larger theme. In 2006, the sixth graders chose "Diversity of Living Things"; the seventh graders chose "Physical Science: Motion and Energy"; and the eighth graders focused on "Renewable Resources." This sub-theme incorporated studies from other subjects, including current events, social studies, political science, environmental science and urban planning.

Joseph Putrino, who is the Science Subject Matter Leader at Renaissance and was a Weston Award winner last year, explained that the fair is not only intended to display the months of hard work the students have invested, but is a competition and a fundraiser as well.

"This is our biggest annual school-wide event," Mr. Putrino said. "It started five years ago and keeps getting bigger every year."

The three top winners this year will receive tickets to Physics Day at Great America, as will the winner of the related essay contest.

Colorful presentations, backed by solid research, delighted Renaissance staff, parents and community members on the night of the fair.    
Colorful presentations, backed by solid research, delighted Renaissance staff, parents and community members on the night of the fair.

There are also 9 additional winners this year, who will receive tickets to such venues as the New York Hall of Science, Mystic Seaport and the Philadelphia Zoo.

Raffle baskets (including one containing an iPod NANO) filled with items donated by community members, parents and local businesses, and outright donations have helped make the Renaissance Science Fair a fundraising success as well as an academic one. Last year's event raised more than $3,000, and Putrino and his fellow organizers said on the day of the fair that this year they expect "that much or more ... Hopefully."

All monies raised by the Science Fair will be dedicated to school programs and supplies.

For more information about the annual Renaissance Middle School Science Fair, or to make a donation, contact the school at (973) 509-5741.


Article Date: Mar 06, 2006
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