Sixth-Grade Scientists Impress


Sixth-grade students combined their personal passions with a curiosity in the sciences to develop experiments and research for the second annual Sixth Grade Science Fair.

Problem-solving skills, including critical and creative thinking, are essential in science research.

Some students’ topics helped to answer questions that could affect people’s every day routines, such as “Does adding salt to water make it boil faster?” Other projects focused on impacting the scientific community at large, such as “What type of surface is best to obtain a fingerprint from?”

Delaney Perlongo studied whether the pH level of water would affect the growth of marigolds.

“The pot with the least acidic water died quickly,” she said. “It grew for two days and then wilted up and died.”

Alex Cannistra did not have to look far for the subject of his project.

“I knew I wanted to do an experiment that involved my dog,” he said, referring to his one-year-old Doberman Pinscher. He asked the question that many pet owners wonder, “Do dogs really understand English?”

Cannistra said he was surprised at how quickly his dog picked up commands and found positive reinforcement in the form of treats helped her pick up on more English words.

“She definitely understands some English,” he said.

The science fair concluded with three awards:

First Place
— Max Mendelson for “Does weight training have an effect on the number of pushups performed?”

Second Place — Liam Trageser for “Does the shape of an airplane affect the distance it travels?”

Third Place
— Katie Westin for “How does the metal a tea kettle is made of affect how quickly the water will boil?”