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Science, solutions found at Science 6 Night

Reilly Olinger, left, and Liam Ring, right, spoke to their station's visitors during Science 6 Night about whether fossil fuel burning cars would be in use 2030. Melissa Topey/Daily

QUICKSBURG – North Fork Middle School students had their science projects on full display Wednesday night.

Science 6 Night showcased their knowledge with presentations and exhibits discussing world problems and possible solutions.

Displays included one on LED lighting that asked how many kilowatt hours there were in coal and solar energy.

Another exhibit featured a display of a normal Lincoln car, a hybrid vehicle and a Tesla electric vehicle with the question, “Will you be able to buy a fossil fuel-powered car in 2030? Liam Ring and Reilly Olinger, both 12 year old sixth-graders, came up with that presentation.

“I love cars and Liam likes learning about cars, so I asked ‘Hey Liam, you want to do a talk or presentation on the future of cars?'” Olinger said.

Lacey Stroop, left, and Jessica Breitbeil, right, educate people attending their station at Science 6 Night about how energy can be produced. Melissa Topey/Daily

Their answer:  “We don’t think you will be able to get a full gas car. You could get hybrids or electric cars but because of the damage of burning fossil fuels, no gas car,” Olinger said.

There were 31 stations for those attending Science 6 Night to stop and and talk with the students.

Before visiting the stations, five presentations given in the school cafeteria were on coal-fired power plants and environmental issues, coal-fired power plants and heath issues, powering the Net Zero Lab, a talk on a unique school called Discovery Elementary, and the Turkey Knob Solar Farm.

John Woods, a sixth grade science teacher at North Fork Middle School, said Science 6 Night is a “culminating activity” that serves as a platform for students to share solutions to problems that they learn about, explore and try to solve.

“It provides an opportunity for young students to advance their ideas and solutions, which is meant to validate whatever they have learned and are bringing into focus in their thinking,” he said. “It is not always perfectly said or written, and sometimes a solution just doen’t work. But, in the big picture, we are thinking about “real life” problems and trying to find solutions to those problems.”

Most sixth-graders are at just the right developmental state to become very excited about problem solving, he said.

This is the fourth year the district has held Science 6 Night. Woods facilitates the event and the students plan and organize the night.

“Weren’t the young scientists amazing,” Woods said after the event.

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