If you like science projects at the elementary level, the Alameda County Fairgrounds is the place to be next Tuesday night. More than 11,000 are expected to turn out for the 10th annual Science Fun Fair, an event featuring kindergarten through fifth-grade students and their science projects from all of the elementary schools in Pleasanton and Dublin. Even if you're not thrilled by the periodic erupting of a small volcano model one fourth-grade student had last year, you'd no doubt be awed as I was by the professionalism of his presentation and ability to quickly answer questions from those of us watching. A kindergartener--mind you, she had just turned 6!--showed us how a white rose turned to the color of the solution she placed it in. I was as proud as she was in the way she described what was happening, and I didn't even know her name. In the next row, a fifth-grader talked about what causes things to degrade and showed a series of pictures he had taken through a microscope that demonstrated the gradual decomposing process. What a "find" he'll be in the not-too-distant future when a top college interviews him for an engineering scholarship.
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posted Friday, March 13, 2009, 12:00 AM