CHESTERTON | Ava Clancy, a second-grader at Bailly Elementary, said one of the most fun aspects of putting together her photo essay for Thursday night’s Festival of Learning was working together with her mom.
“We wanted to show how we spent the day in Chicago. We went during spring break and saw the Jellies at the Shedd Aquarium, the top of the Hancock Building, a cupcake ATM, and my favorite, the American Girl Doll store,” said Clancy, whose presentation included photos of the events accented by stickers and markers.
Clancy’s display was part of a school-wide exhibition of photography, nature and science, health, technology and visual arts.
“This used to just be a science fair and we had about 30 exhibits, but we have expanded it to include other disciplines and now we have over 100 displays, to encompass more opportunities for students to display their talents,” said Mike Grubb, principal of Bailly Elementary School.
Ava Clancy’s sister, fourth-grader Frances Clancy, displayed a pen and pencil drawing of her hard shoes which she uses for Irish step dancing.
“I’ve been dancing for three years and I hope people see that I really like to dance. I like learning the steps and competing,” she said.
Other visual arts displays in the room included fashion items, sewing, a diorama of cake and frosting mice, and even a dress made from duct tape.
Nearby, science and nature displays included a tornado chamber made from dry ice, a robot, water siphoning, and a presentation that used purple, pink and green glittery letters to teach about bacteria.
“I was going to grow my own bacteria using swabs from my dog’s mouth, but the petri dishes didn’t arrive in time. So I made this display with my mom. We looked it up on the Internet and found the three shapes of bacteria — bacilli, spirilla and cocci,” said Lindsay Price, a fourth-grader.
Working together with parents to make the displays is part of the reason for the event, said Grubb.
“It gives parents a chance to really interact with their kids, to create a project that will teach other kids and their parents,” said Grubb.