The return of students, parents, and volunteer judges to the annual Science Fair at Cunha Intermediate School after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was a significant milestone for the community. The 2020-21 school year went remote in early spring 2020, making the science fair an optional project with only 10 participants. For the next two years, students presented their projects through a powerpoint slideshow. This year’s fair was considered a “return to normal” by Cunha science teacher Kurt Murray, who expressed excitement at bringing the community back to the event.
The poster boards at the fair showcased a variety of scientific studies, ranging from testing the strength of different brands of dental floss to whether teachers could distinguish assignments written by students or artificial intelligence. This marked a refreshing return to in-person presentations after two years of remote fairs and virtual submissions.
Coastside News Group photographer Anna Hoch-Kenney captured the event and a gallery is available for viewing. The return to in-person science fair presentations was a significant milestone for Cunha Intermediate School and the community.