South Elementary School recently held a Science Fair where fifth-graders presented their projects to third and fourth-grade students for value-added learning.

“This is the third year that we’ve had the science fair,” said Yvette Worsham, South Elementary School lead mentor and fifth-grade teacher. “Parents and grandparents have been invited and we’ll have an awards ceremony in the evening, here. So we’re really excited because it has been and is a great educational experience, because not only are students having great interactions with other students but also they’ll have that direct parent involvement and connection with the school.”

At South Elementary School, senior teachers mentor beginning teachers and higher-grade students mentor lower-grade students. Curriculum coaches float and assist everyone.

Beginning teacher Bailey Williamson, fifth-grade, said her students interacting with the fourth-graders was especially important because it better prepares the next generation of fifth-graders in what to expect and look forward to.

Sheletha Mims, instructional coach, said, “What we do is help teachers; so we review data with them and go in and train them on new materials, new curriculum; and so they may have continuous training throughout the year instead of ‘one and done.’ And we help the children too.”

Dakota Wilson, fifth-grader, said to third-grader Jackson Reed Brafford, “Using Acid Based Fruits to Produce Energy is what my project was to do. We took copper and zinc electrodes and put them on the sides [of the fruit] and then we used a multimeter to see how many volts they had. And then we hooked an LED [lightbulb] up to see if they would light the LED.”

According to Wilson, his father Noel Wilson works on electricity stuff with houses and he wanted to use and learn about his father’s tools. Wilson and his project earned honorable mention.

Autumn Willis, also earning honorable mention, said she learned from her Lemon Battery project that she may build and use alternatives to store-bought batteries.

“So I had asked myself,” said Landon Lynch, “‘Which would go further, a helium-filled ball or an air-filled ball?’”

Lynch found that balls filled with helium bounced on average higher than regular air-filled balls when dropped from height, but traveled less distance by comparison when kicked. Included in his presentation were data charts and video, presentable by tablet. He and his project would win honorable mention.

Worsham said, “We are so proud of the fifth-grade students at South. This was a great opportunity for students to enhance their leadership skills and mentor to their younger peers.”

Award-winners were Kayleigh McGhee (First-place for Gummy Bear Osmosis); Emerie Miller (Second-place for Making a Homopolar Motor); Tanner Kimbro (Third-place for Exactly How Strong are Eggcellent Eggs); and honorable mentions went to Abby Tatum (Lemon Powered versus Potato); Autumn Willis (Lemon Battery); Landon Lynch (Helium Filled Ball versus Air Filled Ball); Kayden Ladd (Makey Makey Integration as Technology); Ashlyn Mills (Stain Stain Go Away); and Dakota Wilson (Using Acid Based Fruits to Produce Energy).