J.A. Laird Elementary School held their first ever Environmental Fair Wednesday, June 14.
Students in grades 4-6 chose a wide range of topics to study, such as ‘How did ancient Egyptians build environmentally friendly houses’, ‘Microplastics in oceans’, and ‘The Effects of Microwave Water on a Plant’. Others created an environmentally-friendly business, such as a pillow out of thrift store materials, or recycled shoes.
Grade 6 students Aidan Guest and Peyton Cooper investigated the voltage of a potato-powered battery versus a dirt-powered battery.
The two students say it was a fun project and they were surprised the dirt battery actually produced electricity.
“We learned that they (dirt bateries) could probably be used as a renewable energy source in the future,” said Peyton.
Aidan says maybe dirt-powered energy could be even closer than we think, saying in his research he found some TED talks on dirt-powered electricity as a possibility.
Grade 5/6 teacher Dylan Dainard says his grade 6 students last year got to participate in the grade 7 science fair and really enjoyed the process. He decided an environmental fair would be a good way to encourage the younger students to learn about the process of researching and presenting a topic.