Fair Held To Help Homeschooled Students Explore Science

Organizers say they want all students to have an opportunity to explore science

FREEPORT - Students far and wide sharing in common their desire to learn more. At the 10th annual Northern Illinois Regional Science Fair in Freeport Saturday, there were dinosaurs, different rocks and solar systems. The fair is for children that are homeschooled. Organizers say they want all students to have an opportunity to explore science no matter where they learn.

"Gives children a chance to see what they can accomplish with some work and dedication and excitement," said Northern Illinois Regional Science Fair Director Rachel Leverton.

William is participating for the first year. At just the age of six, he hopes to teach visitors about the different theories for dinosaur extinction.

"I don't know what made the dinosaurs extinct," said William Caldwell. "[I don't know] if a meteor came to the Earth and crashed where the dinosaurs were living, or if a volcano erupted."

For Breanna, picking a kidney theme was easy. She says she quickly grew curious about the bean-shaped organs.

"Once I started researching, I learned that there's no end to kidneys," said Breanna Leverton. "It's just amazing how great these unglamorous little organs are."

Leverton adds she hopes to show students all the possible career options available in science. Her fair assistant director is a former participant herself, who is now pursuing the field she used to compete in.

"She graduated from high school last year and she did the science fair for 7 years" said Leverton . "Now, she's studying to be a nurse because she realized how much she enjoys science."

This year, the best in show winner received a brand new telescope along with multiple gift cards.

 


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