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Silvermine Showcases Budding Scientists

Local meteorologists watch out: There's a new girl in town. Solei Colon, a fifth-grader at Silvermine Elementary School in Norwalk, became an amateur meteorologist for her school's Science Fair. "I made different instruments to predict weather around my house," she says, showing off her homemade anemometer, wind vane and barometer.

"My hypothesis was that I could predict weather in my neighborhood better than the local meteorologist since I was right there, on the spot," she says. Indeed, Solei says there were several days when her predictions were more accurate than the local weatherman's forecasts. "Especially in terms of the cloud cover," she says.

Schools throughout Norwalk held their annual science fairs in their gymnasiums, libraries and hallways this week. Many schools, including Silvermine, had to delay the fair a week because of the school closings because of bad weather. "The kids were thrilled to have the extra days to work on their projects," says Principal Ivette Ellis.

More than 100 students participated in Silvermine's fair this year. The project was a requirement for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. For the lower grades, a class project was required. "It was a whole school effort. The teachers and staff were supportive. The PTO even bought extra display boards for kids who didn't have them," says Ellis.

The projects were to be judged Thursday afternoon and winners from the school's fair will head to the citywide fair next month.

Did your kids do a science fair project this year? Was it fun? Did they learn something interesting? Start the conversation below.

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