Each year, Museum Education chooses projects at the Interior Alaska Science Fair for the UA Museum of the North Science Fair Award. Alaska related exhibit themes are required for this award. Student collections of specimens and/or observations of natural and cultural history phenomena are important. We judge the exhibit on clarity of the hypothesis, research methodology, conclusions, and how the exhibit theme is interpreted. Only six awards are given each year.
Congratulations to the 2013 winners!
Alaska Marten & Nematodes: Who's Infected
Hanna, 5th grade, University Park Elementary
Dissection of 139 martens & stomach contetn analysis to investigate infection rates.
Samantha, 6th grade, Immaculate Conception School
Study of mosquito freeze tolerance in different solutions.
Color Preference in Butterflies
Lex, 3rd grade, Barnette Magnet
Observation of butterfly landing preferences amongst differently colored carnations.
Liquefaction: Out from Beneath Your Feet
Lauren, 4th grade, Barnette Magnet
Comparative test of different sized mammoth toys and coins of varying surface area to see how liquefaction of soils could entrap animals.
Identifying My Rocks
Gabriel, 4th grade, Arctic Light Elementary
Life long rock collection from multiple states labeled, described, and identifed.
Human vs. Moose
Sierra, 3rd grade, Weller Elementary
Dissection and comparison of mammal heart anatomy (pig for human and moose).
My Bug Collection
Karen, 1st grade, Denali Elementary
Field study and collection of insects.
Where Are the Birds?
Taylor, 6th grade, Anne Wien Elementary
Study of bird feeder and habitat use around town.
More of What Lies Beneath? PartSeven
Halbe, 8th grade, Tri-Valley
Study of invertebrate diversity in different months, tributaries and with different sampling methods.
Aquatic Invertebrate Distribution in Lake and Stream Habitat
Ari, 5th grade, Homeschool
Comparison of species abundance and diversity.
Where Do Rocks Come From?
Mary, 1st grade, Joy Elementary
Rock and mineral collection and information.
Tenley, 3rd grade, Pearl Creek Elementary
Plant study and pressed plant collection.
Ways to Classify Rocks
Julia, 2nd grade, Anderson Elementary
Examination of scientific classification schemes & test of new models.
More of What Lies Beneath? Part Six
Halbe, 7th grade, Tri-Valley
Focus on comparison of species composition in 6th year of an invertebrate survey.
Hard Core About Rings
Sam, 7th grade, Randy Smith Middle
Tree ring examination to study tree ages near bogs.
Dances with Cranes & Waddles with Geese
Shannyn, 8th grade, Barnette Magnet
Comparison of crane & geese behavior in 2nd year of observational study.
Black Spruce, A Study of Two Sites
Ben, 1st grade, Tri-Valley
Seed germination study comparing trees from the forest to open stand trees.
Old Eyes vs. Young Eyes
Charlie, 6th grade, Ticasuk-Brown Elementary
Dissection of lynx eyes to examine the tapetum lucidum.
More of What Lies Beneath? Part Five
Halbe, 6th grade, Tri-Valley
Focus on sampling methods in the 5th year of an invertebrate survey.
Miracle Grow or Miracle No?
Ian, 6th grade, North Pole Middle
Comparison of plant growth with and without fertilizer.
Cast Fossils and Soil Types
Lars, 4th grade, Joy Elementary
Test of fossil creation in various mediums.
What the Geese Taught Me
Shannyn, 7th grade, Barnette Magnet School
Observational study of geese behavior at Creamer’s Field.
What Food Do Birds In Our Yard Like?
Sophia, 3rd grade, Pearl Creek Elementary
Iha, Kindergarten, Anderson Elementary
More Snow, Less Snow
Kate, 1st grade, U.Park Elementary
Carnivore v. Herbivore: Different Diet, Different Teeth
Chandler & Graham, K & 3rd, Weller Elementary
More of What Lies Beneath? Part Four
Halbe, 5th grade, Tri-Valley
Will One Step Make a Difference?
Sam, 2nd grade, Tri-Valley
Kasper, 2nd grade, Joy Elementary
What is an Insect?
Jesse, 6th grade, Joy Elementary
Do Chickadees Eat More Seeds When it's Cold?
Yuki, 2nd grade, Pearl Creek Elementary
More of What Lies Beneath? Part Three
Halbe, 4th grade, Tri-Valley
Average clutch size and habitat preference of tree swallows at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
Quinn, 7th grade, Barnette Magnet