“The great difficulty of education is to get experience out of ideas.” - Spanish philosopher George Santayana
As an experience-based school, at Alta Vista we believe that knowledge is best acquired through meaningful practice. Our annual (non-competitive) Science Fair provides just such an opportunity for students to explore and seek to answer an individual "Why?" or "How?" question through their own scientific efforts.
Our faculty designs the Science Fair so students can:
- Foster imagination and creativity of thought
- Learn and practice critical thinking, inquiry and investigative skills
- Understand and experience failure as a natural and positive occurrence in the search for understanding
- Learn research methods and encourage the development of research techniques - obtain data, keep a research log or notebook, learn graphing and develop conclusion
- Develop organizational skills
- Work independently as well as in a group
- Present their findings to peers, other students and adults
- Can you create a floating city?
- Which foods grow mold the fastest?
- Does chewing gum for a longer period make a larger bubble?
- Which liquids clean pennies best?
- Do hamsters learn through memory?
- Does smell affect taste?
- Does aspirin or sugar help to extend the life of flowers?
- What shape of paper airplane flies farthest? Longest?