Kids show off their displays at science fair.

Suisun Kroc Center gives kids platform to explore science

Kids show off their displays at science fair.

Kids show off their displays at science fair.

Effort part of new Kroc University program  

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Suisun City, Calif., recently hosted its first-ever science fair, free for all Kroc Kids who participated in any 2014-15 school program.

Teens, after school, kinder kroc, home school enrichment, and spring science camp students planned projects, gathered data and shared their results using the scientific method. Many used program hours to work on their presentations.

“It was a chance for our young people to explore fun ways science is used in the real world,” said Barbara Guzzo, family enrichment manager for the Suisun Kroc Center. “They developed critical thinking skills and learned a lot this year about the scientific process.”

The fair is one component of the Kroc Center’s new Kroc University program, which offers students “electives” in fitness, education, music and character development.

“What made it fun was getting to make something that’s about what I’m learning in school and trying all the activities,” said Amyah Whittenberg, 8.

Kids show off their displays at science fair.

Kids show off their displays at science fair.

Frances Reinking, 8, was initially reluctant to participate in the fair, but by the end say, “It was so cool that I want to do something with chemistry next year.”

Participants also enjoyed the “Kroc Science Experience,” an area devoted to interactive science displays that they could try out with their families.

“As a judge of the science fair, I was extremely impressed by all the projects submitted and I believe it speaks to the quality of the new Kroc University concept,” said Captain Vickie Harvey, corps officer.

All science fair participants received a certificate of achievement, and the first-place winners received new bikes, thanks to a generous local donor.

“Many projects were family efforts, and it was exciting to see the students’ pride in what they accomplished,” Guzzo said. “We hope to expand to a much bigger event next year and include middle and high schoolers as well.”

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