MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Standing by their presentation boards that colorfully illustrated the scientific method, 80 Deerfield students, grades three through eight, were prepared on Saturday to answer questions about their projects at the 6th Annual Mountainside PTA Science Fair at the Deerfield Gym.

PTO Science Fair Chair Birgit Berkow was thrilled with the turnout and support from the parents, teachers and staff, as well as the accomplishments of the students that participated in the 60 projects on display. 

"​We are so happy to have an event that showcases curiosity and the love of science," said Berkow . "It's an outlet for kids that may not be doing art, sports or music. It's another place where they can excel." 

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Presentations were judged by a panel of 14 impressive professionals with PhDs in Pharmacy, Chemistry, Microbiology, and Zoology, to name a few. The projects were judged in six different categories and winners were announced and presented with ribbons. The first place display boards in each category are exhibited in the Deerfield Media Center for the week so students and teachers can see the projects. 

Experiments included testing which fruits hold the most water to which brand of diapers is most absorbent; what ingredients make the best bubbles?; building a potato clock to a fruit battery; the power of positivity and the psychology of a dog.  

"The power of asking the questions How and Why is the beginning of understanding the world with the goal of changing it for the better," said Principal Kim Richards. Curiosity never ends.

The projects submitted prove again that when students are allowed to investigate and discover on their own, incredible things result.

The 2016 PTA Science Fair winners by category:

  • 3rd & 4th Grade Demonstrations: How to Grow Vegetables on Mars - Alexander Chen and Aiden Jiang
  • 3rd & 4th Grade Experiments: Does Chewing Gum While Cutting Onions Prevent Crying? Alexis Cox
  • 5th & 6th Grade Demonstrations: Light Illusions: The Science of Light Refraction - Connelly Jaqua
  • 5th & 6th Grade Experiments: Pump You Up! The Power of Positivity - Danny Berkow, Jonathan Raimi and Cole Williams
  • 7 & 8th Grade Demonstrations: Programmable Logic Controllers: What Are They and How Do They Work? - Joey Antonucci
  • 8th Grade Experiments: You Used To Call Me On My Cell Phone - J.J. Post