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Remember when kids actually went to school...? In early March, Holy Family School had a Science Fair...

DAVID F. ASHTON - Holy Family Catholic School students Kate Schenk and Marty Mittchoff show off the making of Elephant Toothpaste - which is actually a lesson about chemical reactions. No, it doesnt really clean elephants teeth, Kate conceded. (At least, nobodys really tried it yet.) On Thursday evening, March 5, back when school was open as normal – that seems like a long time ago, doesn't it? – Eastmoreland's Holy Family Catholic School Community Room was abuzz with excitement, as students showed off their experimental investigations in the school's annual Science Fair.

"Tonight our seventh and eighth graders have designed science experiments that are hands-on for kindergarten-through-fourth graders and their families," explained their Grades 6-8 science teacher Margaret Dickinson.

"The students first research the concepts behind their projects, then write a report, and after that show off their developed research projects," Dickinson told THE BEE.

The sometimes-flashy experiments provide education beyond "book learning", Dickinson observed: "We call it 'Inquiry-Based Learning' – learning about things in which they're personally interested."


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