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Danae Wirth staples an award to a project in the Memorial High School Field House 2/2/2013. The school hosted the city wide school science fair. Wirth is the science fair coordinator. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Erin Connors, age 5, looks at science projects at Elkhart Memorial 2/2/2013. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Taves Naasz looks at his smart phone as his grandmother Debbie Chilcott takes a photograph 2/2/013 at Elkhart Memorial. Naasz won a second place ribbon and is a fifth grader at Monger Elementary. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Brian Tompkins staples an award to a project in the Memorial high school field house 2/2/2013. The school hosted the city-wide school science fair. Tompkins is an industrial technology teacher at Pierre Moran Middle School. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

John Hill looks over science projects at Elkhart Memorial 2/2/2013. Hill is the director of curriculum and instruction for Elkhart City school corporation (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)

Andrew Miller looks at a project in the science fair at Memorial 2/2/2013. Miller’s mother, Leslie Miller, is behind him. The younger Miller is a Osolo Elementary fifth grader. (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) (AP)
Students learn to love science through district-wide competition

Posted on Feb. 3, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — Students strove to answer some of life’s tough questions in their experiments at the Elkhart Community Schools Science Fair Saturday.

Which stain remover most effectively eliminates ketchup stains?

Will plants grow better if given salt water or sugar water?

Which fast-food chain do most people prefer?

Students walked into the gymnasium at Elkhart Memorial High School Saturday afternoon to find prize ribbons hanging on their project boards.

Pinewood Elementary third-grader Alexia Comer earned a blue first place ribbon for her project involving a small catapult and Ping-Pong balls.

“I wanted to see which angle would make the ball go farthest,” she said.

When she saw her ribbon, she ran across the gymnasium to check her cousin’s project.

“He got a red (ribbon)!” she announced triumphantly. “I got better!”

After posing for pictures in front of her project, Alexia said she was excited about the first place honor.

Monger Elementary fifth-grader Taves Naasz said he had wondered why rivers flow in only one direction. To find out, he went to the St. Joseph River and then visited the U.S. Geologic Survey website to find elevation maps.

“Rivers flow downhill because the gravity pulls it down,” he said. “They can be twisty-turny but they always flow downhill.”

Taves’ project earned a second place ribbon.

Bristol Elementary third-grader Zachary Miller tested acidic fruit juices to see which one could clean pennies most effectively.

Of the three juices in his study, grapefruit juice brought the best shine to his pennies.

Even better, he said, he was able to eat some fruit while he worked.

It was science with a snack.