More than 400 students took part in the inquiry fair. Photo by Scott Strasser

VIDEO: Third annual SD71 student inquiry fair celebrates Comox Valley students’ creativity

The creativity of Comox Valley students was on display at School District 71’s third annual inquiry fair on April 25 at Lake Trail Middle School.

More than 400 students from 10 Comox Valley schools showed off their knowledge in a variety of different ways, including photo galleries, poster displays, and through interpretive dance. Students ranged from being in Grades 2 to 9.

Themes touched on included climate change, international collaboration and advocacy.

Doug David, a curriculum support teacher for SD71, said the event took eight months to prepare for.

“A team of teachers has gathered once a month throughout the year to plan and support preparing for this celebration of learning today,” he said.

The event began with a slide show from Grade 9 students from Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School before students erected their posters and displays in the Lake Trail school’s main gymnasium. Throughout the gym, students demonstrated Rube Goldberg machines and robotics experiments.

Jason and Jessica Marriott’s eight-year-old son Quin was one of the students taking part. Their Grade 2 student showcased a few science projects he had conducted with his friend Jayda to learn more about bacteria.

“It’s nice to see the kids embrace something they’re interested in and be able to freely express that,” said Jason Marriott.

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