Epiphany students bust myths
Epiphany School students in the fourth through eighth grades presented science projects Monday during the school's annual science night.
This year, each student at the Sayre school was given the task to attempt to prove or disprove a common scientific myth. The students participated in a variety of projects involving food, plants, household items and even other human bodies using the scientific method.
After choosing a hypothesis, researching the project and collecting data, students made posters and demonstrations to display Monday night for family and friends in the school's gymnasium.
Seventh-grader Tyler Fauver tested whether Pop Rocks candies placed into different solutions would create an explosion in a balloon. The balloons, placed over water bottles containing the liquids, simulated how the candies would react in a human stomach. Solutions used included soda, orange juice and iced tea.
When conducting the experiment, the balloons inflated slightly, but not enough to create an explosion, Fauver said.
"I expected a larger reaction to occur and the balloons to inflate larger than they did," he said.
Seventh-grader Gabby Scheftic tested whether plants grow faster when sung to. "I sang One Direction songs," she said. "At first, it worked."
However, in the end, Scheftic's plants - she sang to two and left two in silence for six weeks - turned out to be the same height.
Sheridan Talada, a fifth-grader, tackled one of the most common food myths - the belief that food dropped on the floor is still good for a short period of time after it touches the surface, commonly referred to as "the five-second rule."
After four seconds, a piece of bread dropped on the ground grew six colonies of bacteria, Talada found. By ten seconds, the number increased to eight. Meanwhile, a piece of bread kept off the ground only grew one colony of bacteria.
While some myths were proven and others busted, students said they had a good time performing the experiments.
"It was a lot of fun," Fauver said.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.