Every year, during the month of February, our students participate in our annual science fair. Students in grades 1-5 complete a science experiment as a class and create a display showing their results for our science fair exhibit. Students in grades 6-8, however, compete for trophies and monetary prizes. Beginning in the summer, middle school students are expected to formulate an idea for an experiment and complete all of the background research and preparation for completing the experiment (this is their summer home-learning assignment). Upon returning to school in September, the science teachers review students' proposals and direct students to make revisions to their proposal, as necessary. Once their proposal is approved, students either individually or working in pairs, conduct their experiment with the aid of their science teacher or a faculty adviser, and record their observations. Finally, students draw conclusions from their observations and display all of the steps involved in the process of completing their science fair experiment on a display board as part of our annual science fair exhibit. Students are awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes, based upon a voting process using ballots completed by staff and other visitors to our science fair exhibit.