The annual Science Fair at Cunha Intermediate School marked a significant milestone for the community, as students, parents, and volunteer judges gathered in-person for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. After two years of remote fairs and virtual submissions, this year’s fair was considered a “return to normal” by Cunha science teacher Kurt Murray.
The poster boards at the fair showcased a variety of scientific studies, ranging from testing the strength of different brands of dental floss to whether teachers could distinguish assignments written by students or artificial intelligence. The return to in-person presentations was met with excitement and enthusiasm from all who attended.
Coastside News Group photographer Anna Hoch-Kenney captured the event and created a gallery that is available for viewing. The gallery showcases the hard work and dedication of the students who participated in this year’s science fair.
Murray expressed his excitement about bringing the community back to this important event. “It’s been two years since we last had an in-person science fair,” he said. “It’s great to see so many people here today, supporting our students and their projects.”
The 2020-21 school year went remote in early spring 2020, making the science fair an optional project with only 10 participants. However, despite these challenges, students continued to present their projects through powerpoint slideshows over the past two years. This year’s fair saw a refreshing return to in-person presentations, which allowed for more interaction between students and judges as well as between students themselves.