Young scientists show off research at district science fair

Courtesy Photo/RUSD Fourth-grader Kaitlyn Sagastume shows the results drinking coffee has on teeth. the 9-year-old was one of dozens who participated in the RUSD 2014 Science Fair.

Did you know that drinking coffee is comparable to swigging battery acid?

That’s the conclusion Rialto fourth-grader, Kaitlyn Sagastume, came to in completing her science project testing which liquids stain teeth most; soda, tea or coffee.

The 9-year-old’s hypothesis was[restrict userlevel= “subscriber”] that soda would stain teeth the most, but after learning the results of coffee consumption, she was shocked and vowed she wouldn’t take a sip of the drink.

“I’m never drinking it,” she said, as she pointed to photos depicting the stains. “See, it’s pretty gross.”

Kaitlyn’s project was among the more than 270 projects on display last week showcasing the love students from Rialto Unified School District have for all-things science.

Courtesy Photo/RUSD More than 200 projects were on display at Rialto Middle School Feb. 19.
Courtesy Photo/RUSD
More than 200 projects were on display at Rialto Middle School Feb. 19.

Elementary and high schoolers along with their families filled Rialto Middle School’s gymnasium Feb. 20 in anticipation of the announcement of this year’s school district Science Fair winners–and dozens came out on top.

Eighteen students from grades K-12 took home first, second and third place trophies for individual and team projects in several categories and more than two dozen other students earned ribbons and honorable mention for their works.

While not all students placed in the science fair, each were bound by a common thread.

“Dedication and attention to detail,” said Andres Luna, senior director of secondary curriculum at RUSD, to parents during the evening award ceremony.

“Without the help and support from teachers and parents, these dedicated students wouldn’t be here today.”

The top honors will move on to compete in the RIMS Inland Science and Engineering Fair set for April 1 at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. The annual competition showcases projects designed by students from schools in Riverside, Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino counties for a chance to compete at the California State Science Fair April 28 and 29 in Los Angeles.[/restrict]