Newhall Elementary School sixth grader Sean Ward won First Place Overall in the Behavioral Sciences category at the recent Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair. He entered a Forensic Sciences project entitled, “Do All Witnesses Remember the Same Details at a Crime Scene?” Over one thousand projects from 6th through 12th graders were entered in the fair and Sean competed in a group that included 6th through 8th grades.
Sean worked on the project for 12 weeks before the annual science fair at Newhall Elementary School. Newhall’s science fair has been a highlight of the school’s activities for twenty-six years. It was coordinated, as it has been for the last fourteen years, by teacher Ethel Carleton and was open to all 4th, 5th, and 6th graders at the school. The Forensic Science category was added just this year and twenty 6th grade students attended sessions in the school’s new science lab with professional criminologist Kelly Enos who serves as Director of Administration of Justice at a local college. They learned about the field of crime scene investigation and then selected science fair experiments.