Elkford students science fair

Students at Rocky Mountain Elementary School learned all about earth, nature, science and technology during their annual science fair.

Students were really interested in the project with live chickens.

Students at Rocky Mountain Elementary School learned all about earth, nature, science and technology during their annual science fair.

“The science fair is so amazing for the children,” says Fair director, Karen Alexander. “It is wonderful to see how much work they put into this, how much time they spend studying their topic and how rewarding it is for them to be able to present their project  to teachers, judges, their fellow students and each other.”

The RMES annual science fair has been a highly anticipated event at the school for the past six years. It is mandatory and part of their curriculum grade for grades five and six, but grade four students  and a few primary students  are typically eager to take part as well. This year there were fifty nine projects put on by seventy five students. “Every year we have a great panel of approximately thirty judges,” says Alexander.  “These are people in the community who have a genuine interest in the science fair and about science itself,” she says. “All of our volunteers who help put on the fair every year are so very much appreciated as well,” she says.

All students were presented with a ribbon for participation and students were also given a prize for top projects for each grade. “Students had three topics to choose from, innovation, invention or experiment and they were judged on how well they know their project,” says Alexander. Children that participated were given an invitation to represent their school at the East Kootenay Regional Science Fair in Cranbrook. This year, RMES will be providing transportation to and from the fair to allow all students to have the opportunity to attend.

“It is just such a thrill to see all the hard work and dedication that goes into this,” says Alexander. From the volunteers and especially the kids,” she says.

Winners of the RMES Science Fair are:

Grade 4

*Tanner Barclay – Digital Attraction

Isabelle Klapp and Gracie Beranek – Wonderful Power of Zinc

Kyle Klein – Hearing Sounds

Brandon Riddell – Electric/Wooden Generator


Grade 5

*Tessa Alexander – Meltdown Ice vs. Salt

Connor Ashbridge – Fossils

Liam Christy – Ocean Biome

Claya Dortman and Brooke MacGregor – Lava Lamp

Gillian House and Brynn Thompson – Cu Pickle


Grade 6

*Jace Lee – Oil Spill

*Kelly Klein – Hair

Stephanie Alexander – Heat It Up

Alabama Wright – Cheese. Who Cut the Cheese

Jeanne Schalekamp  – Stain Away


*= Highest Marks


Primary Participants are:

Grade 1

Riley Murray – A “Maze” ing Beans

Vanessa Shinners – Clouds

Grade 2

Viktor Khaniauka – Glowing Water


Grade 3

Caleb MacPherson  – Chromatography

Kyle Sliworsky – The Betta Fish Experiment

Braden and Lucas Sorensen – Bacteria

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