What a fantastic turnout for the Lake Tahoe School Middle School Science Expo last week! Even after the big storm rolled through town, we had an incredible number of visitors eager to see the amazing projects our students worked so hard on. It was wonderful to see the school community and beyond come together to celebrate our young scientists.

Five community judges volunteered their time to this year’s Science Expo, sharing their scientific expertise and interest in Lake Tahoe School’s academics. The judges consisted of Lake Tahoe School alumni and owner of Tahoe Petrichor, Alixandra Laub, substitute teacher Gene Magill, and members of the UC Tahoe Environmental Research Center Education Team, Logan Witt, Penelope Holland, and Sarah Harry.

A big thank you goes out to our Middle School Science teachers, Mr. Prentice and Ms. Elle, our judges, and all the amazing sixth and seventh graders whose dedication and creativity truly shone through. Says Ms. Elle, “The sixth and seventh-grade students demonstrated rigorous scientific thought in their science expo projects! I am proud of all of them and thankful for the parents and community members who came out to support them.” Mr. Prentice echoes the sentiment, saying, “I’m very proud of all the LTS students for working exceptionally hard on the Science Expo.”

Now, let’s have a round of applause for this year’s Science Expo award recipients!

6th Grade Winners

1st Place: Riley H. – DIY Water Filtration System
2nd Place: Miles C. – Avalanche Angle Experiment
3rd Place: Harper S. – Which Cleanser has the Safest pH level?

Honorable Mentions:

Mason G. – Best Presentation
Max F. – Best Poster Design
Zosia B. – Most Creative Topic
Elias T. – Most Impactful Research

7th Grade Winners

1st Place: Artyom Z. – Tradition vs. Big Pharma
2nd Place: Swanly K. – UV Rays
3rd Place: Kylie M. – Negativity in the News

Honorable Mentions:

Georgia M. – Best Presentation
Larkin S. – Best Poster Design
Sundance J. – Most Creative Topic
Owen F. – Most Impactful Research

Congratulations to our award winners and to all of the Science Expo participants for their hard work. In the words of one of our sixth-grade scientists, Asher B., “The hypotheses were hype!”