Almost 150 Jenkins Creek Elementary School students recently participated in their annual Science and Engineering Fair. This year, the school expanded the traditional science fair format to include engineering design projects and technologies.
“Our science and engineering fair is an opportunity for students to investigate questions, topics, and problems that are of interest to them,” said Christine McLaughlin, who coordinated the event. “The night of the fair, students are excited to share what they discovered to our school and local community.”
Local community members came to explore the projects and Covington City Council members, Kent School District Board members, a Covington police officer, Kiwanis members, Cedar Heights Middle School STEM and science teachers, Boeing engineers, and retired Jenkins Creek teachers helped judge the projects.
“I really liked the new engineering portion and projects,” Covington City Council Member Fran Hollums said. "This was my third year as a judge, it’s always a great experience, and one where I learn something, too!” Another Covington City Council member, Joseph Cimaomo, Jr., said, “The energy that many of the kids brought to their projects and the excitement they had just talking about their time thinking up and performing the experiments was very encouraging.”
This event was a combined effort of the Jenkins Creek Parent Teacher Association and staff.