Maryland School's Science Fair Goes Digital

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Testing radiation effects emitted by cellphones was difficult to determine for Betty Aita Rukh-Kamaa, a seventh-grader at Robert Goddard French Immersion School, part of the Prince George's County (Md.) Public Schools, but she said assembling her science fair project was much easier.

Betty Aita, 12, of Bowie, put her project in a PowerPoint presentation as part of the Seabrook school’s second annual "virtual" Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fair Jan. 16. Instead of preparing tri-fold poster displays, students created slideshow presentations summarizing their experiments in the school’s computer labs during and after class.

"I didn't have to make sure the glue was still good or that the paper (on the board) wasn't wrinkling," she said.

School officials said the format helps students learn skills they will need in the tech-centered workplace and saves money for both the school and parents from the display, which can cost upwards of $15, to printer paper and ink, which can run up to $30.

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