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Budding young scientists star at Science Fair

Original post made on Apr 1, 2009

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 by Ann
a resident of West of Foothill
on Apr 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm

With all the budget restrictions, how is it possible that there is so much spent on an "optional" event? Apparently, the person in charge has other ideas?

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Posted by been there
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Apr 2, 2009 at 11:19 am

This happened weeks ago, it's an old story. It was a great event, my daughter had a blast.

Ann, it was put on by community volunteers and local business, the fairgrounds donated the spaces.

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Posted by getwithitalready!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2009 at 9:38 am

So what if it happened weeks ago? If it is something the school community may be considering to do again next year, then it is a legitimate concern. Money and cost is obviously a factor here. You may want to check with the fairgrounds just HOW MUCH the "donated" spaces cost. Considering the serious budget crisis PUSD continues to advertise, perhaps some serious thought of even "great events" as posted by Been There need to be reconsidered?

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Posted by been there
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Apr 5, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Ummmm, NO I will not 'reconsider' my post. Instead of searching through these old posts and ranting on what I wrote why don't you get out and volunteer at the next one like I will so you can see how it works, you will feel pretty silly about what you wrote. I'm sure the children of the Pleasanton and Dublin school districts will thank you for helping out at such a fun event, so volunteer and do some good for YOUR community and the kids. Thank you and have a good night.

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