Scandia Art & Academic Fair showcases 300 exhibits

Matthew Semlak, grade 6, with his gecko display.

Matthew Semlak, grade 6, with his gecko display.

Every year, you can feel the excitement in the air when Scandia Elementary hosts the annual Art & Academic Fair.

This year was no different.

On Friday, Feb. 22, families spent the evening taking in the sights. More than 300 student projects were on display in the gym. Star Lab was set up, and special guests from the Minnesota History Center were on hand. The book fair was open in the media center. Forest Lake High School Future Farmers of America gave science demonstrations.

The exciting evening is the culmination of weeks of preparation, as students who signed up to participate worked on getting their projects ready to display.

This Eiffel tower model was made with toothpicks, marshmallows and silver paint by Cameron Zuniga, grade 4.

This Eiffel tower model was made with toothpicks, marshmallows and silver paint by Cameron Zuniga, grade 4.

Scandia’s Art & Academic Fair is an opportunity for students to explore a topic of interest. The student chooses the project, and the choices are wide-ranging. A drawing, a model, a science experiment, a photograph display . . . all are welcome.

Some projects have heavy parent involvement, and some have none. Each participant completes a booklet to tell about the project, including how it was done. During the school day, adult volunteers visit with the students, listening to their oral presentation and asking questions.

But to call them judges would be misleading. The purpose is not to judge but to give opportunities to those who want them, to accept and to enjoy.

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