St. Raphael School students embrace the scientific method

St. Raphael students proudly displayed their Science Fair projects May 27.

St. Raphael School students in grades K-4 worked hard during Memorial Day weekend to put the final touches on their respective science projects, which they proudly displayed at their Science Fair on May 27.

Through their science projects, students sought to answer questions such as What impact does your carbon footprint have on climate change? What are the effects of drinks on your teeth? Can a lemon be used to power a light bulb?

Each student asked a scientific question and proceeded to answer the question by using the scientific method: formulating a hypothesis, attempting to prove their hypothesis through experimentation, analyzing results, and forming a conclusion.

At the helm of the Science Fair is junior high science teacher, Dr. Questa Medrano, who is also a forensic anthropologist for the Los Angeles County Coroner. She organized a school-wide science fair to engage all students in learning about science through experiments selected and conducted by the students themselves. The excitement generated through these projects was evident.

“Student participation and parent involvement exceeded our expectations,” said Barbara D. Curtis, principal at St. Raphael School.

St. Raphael School plans to implement a new science/technology program as an introduction to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). This new program will augment the current junior high science curriculum to include technology, along with interactive science software, biology specimen for dissections, and chemistry sets.


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  • Saturday, October 25

    World Apostolate of Fatima Conference, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. (noon Mass, Bishop Alexander Salazar presiding), Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. (310) 890-7912.

    Our Lady of the Angels Region Congress, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Mary’s Academy, Inglewood; $. (310) 216-9587.

    “Sing to the Lord!” formation day for music ministers, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Mary Star of the Sea Church, 463 W. Pleasant Valley Rd., Oxnard; $. (805) 469-6293.

     “Ethical Care at the End of Life,” seminar addressing end-of-life issues, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 3175 Telegraph Ave., Ventura. (805) 642-6403.

    Holiday Boutique, to support Little Sisters of the Poor, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Jeanne Jugan Residence, 2100 S. Western Ave., San Pedro. (310) 548-0625.

    St. Pius-St. Matthias Academy Open House, 10 a.m., 7851 E. Gardendale St., Downey. (562) 861-2271.

    Requiem Mass, for children lost to miscarriage and stillbirth, 10 a.m., St. Therese Church, 510 N. El Molino St., Alhambra. (626) 733-2297.

     “Mission Music,” with De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, 2 p.m., Mission San Juan Capistrano Basilica, 31520 Camino Capistrano,; $. [714] 928-9567.

    St. Philip the Apostle School Fall Festival, 2-10 p.m., 161 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena. (626) 795-9691.

    “Touch & Heal,” Cathedral Chapel  benefit concert, 4:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. concert, Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto HS, 2900 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles; $. (323) 930-5976.

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