Erin Gomez of Teague Elementary wins Top Scientist at the Pasadena ISD Elementary Science Fair. The trophy was presented by Marsha Jones, executive director of curriculum and instruction, and Dr. Karen Hickman, deputy superintendent of academic achievement.
Erin is presented with the trophy in front of hundreds, including family and friends.
Nearly 200 Pasadena ISD students filled Phillips Field House, Tuesday, March 22, to present their projects and celebrate their love of science at the district’s annual Elementary School Science Fair and STEM Expo.
“We are proud of the students and thankful for the hard work, dedication and support of science education in Pasadena ISD,” Gladys Gonzalez, science specialist and the fair’s organizer said.
A total of 53 community volunteers and district employees served as judges, including representatives from Dixie Chemical, along with staff members from elementary and middle school campuses; Curriculum and Instruction; and the Office of Special Programs.
The students were judged in five categories including Health and Human Services, Consumer Science, Physical Science, Life Science and Earth and Space.
The campus level science fair competitions began in the fall. The top five winners at the elementary campuses moved on to the district fair for the last round of judging.
Gold and Silver medals were awarded in each category as well as special trophies for Top Scientist, Outstanding Experimental Design, Outstanding Real World Application, Most Creative and Honorable Mention.
Teague fourth grader Erin Gomez was selected as the district’s Top Scientist. He credits his father for this achievement.
“One day I asked my dad if there was a way to make a homemade antenna that works on digital and analog TVs,” Gomez said. “He told me there were many ways. I did tests to get my answers.”
Based on the results of the project, entitled, “Antennas Tournament” Gomez’ father was right. “He was the inspiration for my work,” Gomez said.
The students were not the only ones who seemed passionate about science.
“I really want our kids to have a great scientific foundation before they go on to middle school,” Karen Hickman, deputy superintendent of academic achievement said. “If you want them to go on to college and pursue careers that include scientific work, it is really important for kids to start preparing now.”
She continued to thank all those who made the science fair a success.
“I appreciate the support from all the elementary school teachers, assistant principals, principals, who made this possible, along with the parents because these scientific projects would not happen without you,” Hickman said.
Students also had the opportunity to connect with area science professionals during the STEM Expo.
“They visited various booths and participated in engaging, hands-on demonstrations that integrated different branches of science,” Gonzalez said.
“We had engineers, chemists, computer science technicians, astronomers, entomologists, and chemists who were excited to talk to students about their careers.”
Gonzalez said she is optimistic that the fair will encourage students to continue learning about science.
“The science fair and STEM expo is a day that students will remember for many years, and most importantly, it is a day they can see themselves as young scientists and future professionals.”
Winners are as follows:
Top Scientist: Teague – Erin Gomez (Antennas Tournament)
Outstanding Experimental Design: Richey – Liany Martinez (Electrolysis)
Most Creative: Kruse – Julian Izaguirre (Blow Tube)
Outstanding Real World Application: Nathanuel Bermudez (How Foods Affect Blood Sugar)
Honorable Mention: Pomeroy – Isabella Salas (Juicy Leaves); Stuchbery – Abigail Panza (Extinguished Germs); Kruse – Desirey DeLeon (Germy Germs Drink Dispenser)
Liany, Richey, takes home the Outstanding Experimental Design trophy. The Most Creative trophy went to Kruse’s Julian. Nathanuel wins the trophy for Outstanding Real World Application.
Desirey, Kruse; Isabella Salas, Pomeroy; and Abigail Panza, Stuchbery; take home trophies for Honorable Mention.
Thanks to all the community volunteers from:
Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering
Houston Astronomical Society
Clear Lake Nissan
Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering – Weather Station and Waterworks
Dixie Chemical – Chemistry in a Bag
Houston Astronomical Society – Telescopes and the Night Sky
ABC Dental – Health Station
Clear Lake Nissan: Imploding Cans – Engineering and Physics
Houston Museum of Natural Science: Bugs on Wheels
Houston Museum of Natural Science: Dinosaur Discovery
Other STEM Stations:
Pomeroy Elementary Milk Magic - Chemistry
Jessup Elementary: Elephants’ Toothpaste – Exothermic Reaction
Morales Elementary: Balancing Forks and Balancing Butterflies – Engineering, Physics