Bioscience

Intel fosters learning at Chandler, AZ science fair

February 14, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

Intel fosters learning at Chandler science fair

Michelle Reese, Tribune

February 14, 2009

Galveston Elementary sixth-graders Melissa Corrales), 11, from left, Samatha Salazar, 12, and Damariz Galaz, 12, work with an ice cube to find liquids that make it melt faster such as vinegar or apple juice.  The group will be competing in the upcoming Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair.

Galveston Elementary sixth-graders Melissa Corrales), 11, from left, Samatha Salazar, 12, and Damariz Galaz, 12, work with an ice cube to find liquids that make it melt faster such as vinegar or apple juice. The group will be competing in the upcoming Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair. (Tim Hacker, Tribune)

The creative, scientific skills at work in the Chandler Unified School District go on display next weekend at the 11th annual Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair.

The event, which draws more than 1,300 entries, has become a model for school science fairs.

But for sixth-graders from Galveston Elementary School, it’s simply a chance to show how quickly ice melts in apple juice, Clorox, faucet water and vinegar.

The experiment by Melissa Corrales, 11; Damariz Galaz, 12; and Samantha Salzar, 12, won their class competition, qualifying them for the Hamilton High School event. Titled “Disappearing Ice,” the experiment found that ice melts best in water.

But that was not their first answer. It wasn’t until volunteers from Intel — a sponsor of the Hamilton fair — stepped in and showed the girls a better way to run their experiment that the results showed some consistency.

In addition to providing funds for the event, Intel volunteers go into a number of schools to lend a hand where asked. In particular, Intel has “adopted” Galveston.

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