Science Projects Send Hubble Students to the Library

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Byline: Joyce M. Szpiech

Every year, Hubble Middle School's seventh-graders learn first-hand the basics of research, writing and science experimentation.

In early October, after the school year becomes routine, these students begin to work on science projects. Students are taken to their own community libraries to become familiar with the traditional resources and all the available technology, including the Internet.

Fifty students recently journeyed to the Warrenville Public Library to gather information for their projects.

Accompanying the group was math and social studies teacher Jean Harris. Each student chose a topic, and after teacher approval, began the research process.

A science folder provided step-by-step directions, starting with selecting a topic and doing research, to making a presentation and writing a paper.

Harris said the whole process takes several months and is part of the second- and third-quarter requirements for the students.

The Warrenville library opened early on Nov. 20 to give the students a chance to use the resources. Increased staff was ready to help the students.

"Everyone just pitched in," said Richard Gier, a part-time reference librarian.

Gier said he enjoys the annual opportunity to work with the kids.

"The sheer variety of topics the kids bring is a real intellectual challenge," he said. "And the more challenges, the more fun it is."

Gier helped Alex Miles search the Internet for information about his topic. Alex's project will attempt to the answer the question, "Does the angle of the ramp affect the jump or distance of a remote- controlled race car or truck?"

Laura Naughton researched the topic, "How plants grow under different amounts of light." Both Amy Prospal ("Can people tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi? …