Martinek excited about science fair

Allison Martinek, with teachers Crystal Johnson and Becky Bohr, told of trip to the science fair at Ames.

Allison Martinek, with teachers Crystal Johnson and Becky Bohr, told of trip to the science fair at Ames.

By Marcie Klomp

At Howard-Winneshiek School Board meetings, the board has been lifting up its greatest asset—students. At each meeting, one or two class projects are explained, and usually it is the students who do the talking.

On April 14, eighth grader Allison Martinek spoke about a recent trip she took to Ames for a science fair. “I had fun learning what it took to do one science fair project. I learned a lot from different people. There was one project on music therapy.”

Teacher Becky Bohr added, “It was very competitive. Although none of our nine students got recognition. We felt we were right up there in competing with the seventh and eighth grade projects. The kids represented our school well.”

School board member James Kitchen asked Allison, “What is your advice?”

“I say they [kids] should definitely participate. It was a great experience. Even if you don’t place, you learn so much.” She added, “It would be cool if we could do this in high school.”

• Supt. John Carver also told those present that Shane Trautsch was, at the time, in Pennsylvania teaching kids how to use the VREP (Virtual Reality Education Pathfinder) program.

In addition, the superintendent mentioned how “the spheroes (Sphero Robots) are the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.” He explained how fourth graders were programming them to go through an obstacle course.

“Lots of good things going on. The kids are so much fun to watch.”

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