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Science project chills elementary student to the bone

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By Ron Benningfield

Good ol’ country music not only is, as the song says, “here to stay,” it also may help lessen the sensitivity to pain.
That’s according to the results of an experiment by Sam Grant, a fifth-grade student at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School who was participating in the district science fair where judging was completed March 19 at ALES.
“My question I wanted to investigate was, ‘Can people in pain be distracted by other things that can lessen that pain?’” Grant said.  
In order to answer the question, he measured the amount of time he, his mother Kim, and sister Celeste could keep a bare foot soaking in a pan of ice water while using different distractors – listening to country music, playing video games, watching television, working a crossword puzzle or eating Lemonheads (sour candy).
The three experimented with a different distractor each day. Results showed all three participants lasted the longest while listening to music, according to Grant’s documentation.  
“I was able to keep my foot in the ice water seven minutes and one second while listening to country music; six minutes, 30 seconds playing video games; and a little over a minute watching TV,” Grant said.
Though he couldn’t recall the name of the song that eased his pain the most, some might think changing Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart” to “Cold, Cold Feet” might be fitting.
Other demonstration and investigation project topics ranged from “Which covering will help keep an apple freshest the longest?” (finding: best was aluminum foil) to “What secondary colors are formed from mixing primary colors?”  
Students chose their own topics, but had to show they had used scientific methods in coming up with their conclusions. For investigative projects, judges looked at the students’ hypotheses, materials and methods used, their data and conclusions.
For models, they were required to have on a presentation board a diagram documenting research, to show the scientific concepts used in the construction of their model and to indicate how their research and findings were connected to real world applications.
Judging the projects which students from ALES and Hodgenville Elementary School entered were Denise Skaggs - district supervisor; Patrick Wallace - Dow Corning Quality Team Leader; Brian Lafollette - Dow Corning Union President and mechanical technician; Reggie Twyman - retired teacher; Stacy Lyon and Jim Wieland - parents; Kimberly Grant -former teacher; and Penny Cecil and Amber Thurman - principals.
Winners: Kindergarten (all investigations) 1. Andrew Rutledge 2. Macy Stillwell 3. Caleb Hack. First Grade (all investigations) 1. Nate Zsedenyi 2. Alex Loyall 3. Haley Dile.   
Second Grade Investigations 1. Biven Turner 2. Katelyn Eads 3. Haley Thompson.  Model/Demonstrations 1. Mallory Riggs 2. Zoe Van Riper 3. Maddy Wiatr.
Third Grade Investigations 1. Nick Vazquez 2. Bethany Blair 3. Simon Coy and Samantha Martin (tie).    
Third Grade Model/Demonstrations 1.Addie Cundiff.
Fourth Grade Investigations 1. Malerie Skaggs 2. Zachary Duvall 3. Hope Page.
Fourth Grade Model/Demonstrations 1. Jacob Cundiff.
Fifth Grade Investigations 1. Mary Gearon 2. Maddy Poirier 3. Jacob Rutledge.