May 17, 2013

Science Fair – the Results Are In!

Posted in REA News at 10:38 pm by ranchoencinitasacademy



Top honors went to Erin Ulm, who concluded organically grown oranges produce and average of 21% more juice than those that are commercially grown

May 17, 2013 – Encinitas, CA – Students in grades five through eight participated in the annual science fair held on campus at Rancho Encinitas Academy (REA).  Judges awarded top honors to 8th grader, Erin Ulm, whose project was based on whether organically or commercially grown oranges would produce more juice.  According to her scientific results, she determined the organically grown oranges will produce an average of 21 percent more juice.  Erin was surprised to learn she took first prize.  “I couldn’t believe it!  I was really happy,” she said.


Owen Curran took 2nd place in the annual REA Science Fair, along with the award for Best Interview

Students were tasked with choosing a topic, asking themselves a question based on their topic and coming up with a hypothesis.  Using the scientific method, each student completed individual experiments to test his or her hypothesis.  After gathering all necessary data, students were instructed to record their results and write a scientific conclusion based on their experiments.  On the day of the Science Fair, students set up displays of their work for viewing and judging.  Parents, teachers, aides and administrators all took part in the judging, which was based on a specific set of criteria and points.  Projects were judged in areas such as content, presentation, speech and clarity.

Students from the REA sister school, Edison Academy, also took part in the Science Fair.  Edison Academy, which is housed on the campus of Rancho Encinitas Academy, serves students in grades three through eight who have mild to moderate learning challenges.  “Although we individualize instruction for our students in Edison Academy, with appropriate academic support they were able to participate in this educational school wide event.  Our students enjoyed this project and felt great about their accomplishments,” says Karey Jaeger, Edison Academy teacher.


Ben Lazerson (pictured) tied for third place along with his classmate, Jeff Woolson

Second place honors were awarded to 6th grader, Owen Curran, whose experiment concluded most people prefer red or blue colored drinks.  Owen also won the “Best Interview” award.  Tied for third place was 7th grader, Ben Lazerson, who did an experiment about wind power, and 7th grader, Jeff Woolson, who was looking for the best golf ball to score a hole in one.  The “Most Creative Display” award went to 7th grader, Jordan Gonyer, who brought in live chickens in a coop to show the type of feed they preferred.

About Rancho Encinitas Academy

Since 1995, Rancho Encinitas Academy (REA) has prepared students for high school in a child-focused, nurturing environment that encourages knowledge, creativity, self-reliance and fosters organizational skills.  REA serves students from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.  For more information call (760) 942-2011 or visit or connect with us on Facebook,



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