International Schoolhouse of Pancakes

The Tritt Tiger Foundation purchased TWO PancakeBots this year to help our students learn about 3D printing. Fifth grade was excited to be the guinea pigs for Chef Giunta and Chef Pascual!

Students studied liver cells and onion cells with Mr. Giunta using microscopes, learned the PancakeBot Painter software with Mrs. Pascual and drew their cells, cooked them up in the Science Lab, and labeled pictures of their cells in the Technology Lab. Below is a time-lapse of a plant cell, and at the bottom is the explanation of an animal cell!

Congratulations Science Fair Winners!

Elizabeth Perkel, Bridgitte Butler, Noa Irizarry, Cora Anne Davis and Haley Elwood represented Tritt Elementary at the Cobb / Paulding Regional Science Fair on February 9th.

In our best showing yet, each girl earned a medal: 2nd place for Elizabeth, and 3rd for each of the other girls. A special shout out goes to Suzie Tierney who came down with the flu and wasn’t able to join us.

2019 Science Fair Results!

Our 5th graders worked hard on the Science Fair for the last two months! Take a look at all of the projects below!

Lupiani: 1st - Haley Elwood, “Apple Oxidation”; 2nd (tie) - Suzie Tierney, “Is Lie Detection Possible?” and Elizabeth Perkel, “What is the most effective way to wash hands?”; 3rd– Hannah Nothdurft, “The Rose Knows”

Gardner: 1st - Beck Chaney, “Best Foot Forward”; 2nd - Josie Hutchinson, “What type of soda causes the most damage to teeth enamel?”; 3rd – Hunter Foree, “Can daises survive on other liquids?”

Blick: 1st (tie) – Cora Anne Davis, “Jelly Bean” and Regan Gilbert, “What is the best way to reduce bacteria on your toothbrush?”; 2nd – Finn Roche, “Which liquid makes a plant grow faster?”; 3rd – Ava Chao, “Which sippy cup leaks the least?”

Dino: 1st – Noa Irizarry, “Listen, I promise you’ll smile”; 2nd (tie) – Beatrice Hartwig, “Are you sure you want to eat that cheese?”, and Krish Patel, “Vita-Plants”, and Masha Kozhanova, “Salty Alum Crystal Growth”; 3rd (tie) – Claudia Martin, “Rise Up”, and Carter Whitley, “Wood versus Fire”, and Ivy Yera, “Flour Power”

Pizzuto: 1st - Bridgette Butler, “Which household item has the most bacteria on its surface?”; 2nd – Bryson Markus, “Does your drink rot your teeth?”; 3rd – Max Kalina, “What is the best way to hard-boil an egg?” and George Hoeller, “How hard is your favorite candy?”

Stone: 1st - Avery Blackmon, “How do sugary drinks affect your teeth?”; 2nd (tie) – Ashley Anne Braun, “Effects of Flour” and Abbey Bensman, “Eggs-Periment”; 3rd – McKenzie Ellis, “Which hamster is smarter?”

The following students will be representing Tritt Elementary at the Cobb Regional Science Fair on February 9th: Bridgette Butler, Cora Anne Davis, Haley Elwood, Noa Irizarry, Elizabeth Perkel and Suzie Tierney.

The 2019 Science Fair

What is it? The Elementary Science Fair is a wonderful way for students to share their STEM-related interests with the school community. What are they most excited about after 6-years of school?! Each project must consist of a student-led investigation and a display to present the results to their peers and judges. Students come up with their own question, an experiment to answer that question, and then share the results. 

How will they be judged? We will use the CCSD Elementary Science Fair Rubric (shown below) to evaluate projects. Students work, both written and oral, will be judged by their peers, teachers and outside judges.

Who participates? All 5th-grade students will be expected to turn in a project, but all other students are welcome to participate. Students will work individually, no teams.

When is the fair? Project displays are due on Monday, December 3rd. Students will present their project throughout the week during their normal Science Lab time. Winners from each class will compete in the school-wide Science Fair on Monday, December 10th. The top five projects from our school will go on to the Cobb County Science Fair on February 9th.

How do you display the results? Each project must include a tri-fold display board, report and journal. The display board must include the: question/problem, 3 research sources, hypothesis, procedure, equipment, data, analysis (including graphs), pictures and conclusions. (The photo below is just an example, examining the top projects from previous years will give your student a better idea of what theirs should look like). The report will mostly consist of the same information on the display board, but with the addition of background information, next steps (think: how would this project be improved?), and any additional information your student wants to share. Though a composition book is more traditional, your student can use their Science Lab 3-ring binder as a journal, and should keep track of all hand-written notes they have along the way (be sure to date them).

Best Practices: Parents are encouraged to guide students, but not to do the project. Models, including volcanoes or robots, and “research only” projects on general interest topics are NOT acceptable projects. Projects should be experiment-based, and results data-driven. All projects mush be approved by Mr. Giunta. Projects involving slime / goo, Mentos & Coke, or paper airplanes will not be approved.

What’s next? Our 5th-graders will spend Science Lab time learning the Scientific Method, and researching and discussing scientific topics that most interest them. By November 5th students must have an approved project by completing this form (time will be given in class to do so). We will continue to work on the Science Fair in the lab through November, but all experiments will be done at home. Your student’s topic may be limited by what they can accomplish at home!

Contact Mr. Giunta at with any questions.

I’ll end with this cute video, even though I know our kids would never wait until the last minute!

150 Projects. 42 Judges. 6 Days. This is Science Fair.

The 5th Grade students have been working very hard in the lab to learn the scientific method, apply to an interest of theirs, and present their findings in our 3rd Annual Science Fair. 

Each student was able to present their work to 2 or more guest judges from different fields. Judges came from Rose Animal Hospital, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Kennesaw State University, Chattahoochee Riverkeepper, Red Door Playhouse, Cobb County School District, and various medical, engineering and architectural backgrounds. 

Gardner: 1st Place: Henry – “When you play into space…”
2nd Place: Kaylyn – “Watering Plants Faster”
3rd Place: Gregory – “Cichlid v Cichlid

Stone: 1st Place: Anna – “Which Hand Sanitizer Works the Best?”
2nd Place: Adele – “Radiation Rocks”
3rd Place: Shayon – “Color me Blue!!!”

Pirlot: 1st Place: Emma – “Carnation Coloring”
2nd Place: Charlie – “Video Game Programming”
3rd Place: Lauren – “Memory Mnemonics"

Dino: 1st Place: Lily – “Nail Polish Durability”
2nd Place: Cameron – “Gummy Bear Lab”
3rd Place: Ava – “Let's Namaste Calm”

Pizzuto: 1st Place: Kaushik – “Minty Madness”
2nd Place: Camden – “What is the best temperature for popcorn storage?”
3rd Place: Robbie – “Slapshot Science”

Lupiani: 1st Place: Nila – “Could Chewing Slowly Improve Your Health”
2nd Place: Luke – “Engineering a Nerf ‘Superblaster’”
3rd Place: Viveka – “Hot Meals”

"The Rise Of The Slime Economy" - NPR

From NPR: "It has become a social media sensation and even led to a run on glue sales. We're talking slime — and not the green liquid Nickelodeon famously dumps on celebrities. And for many young people on YouTube, Instagram and Etsy, it's a moneymaker.

Of the more than 5 million posts on Instagram tagged with #slime, most depict brightly colored stuff filled with glitter and pigments of all kinds. So the slime of today is far more viscous and elaborate than that green liquid on Nickelodeon. Slime has become so popular that the American Chemical Society recently published a fact sheet about it including a detailed scientific explanation for how the magic happens." Check out the rest of NPR's story about the escalating popularity of goo here

This week in 5th Grade we are using goo to learn about variables as a part of the scientific method. I'm partial to this recipe from the YouTube channel Get Crafty Crafty: 

When a river throws you a curve:

Fifth grade has been "diving in" to the destructive and constructive forces of nature. Here we used stream tables to witness erosion from river banks that created oxbo lakes and deltas. 


I was so excited to join Mrs. Pirlot's class on their trip to Driftwood! It was 3 days full of science: reptile demos (Gators, Gopher Tortoises, Copperheads, etc.), an encounter with a Barred Owl, a nighttime hike all about our five senses, dipping into the inter coastal to capture microscopic plankton - and finding them under the microscopes, team building activities (trust fall!), campfires (I know the counselors secret language), a ferry ride, tree climbing, picnic lunches, old ruins, wild horses, a beach hike (with discoveries of crabs, fish, Cannonball jellyfish, and horseshoe crab exoskeletons), and even more when we used our seine nets! Here are just some of the pictures that I was able to take of our class and others!

And the winners are....

The judges were so impressed with all of the projects. In many cases only a few points separated the places, but they were able to choose the winners from each class. 

First: Jackson, “Does what a physician wear make the patient feel different?”
Second: Alaina, Nana + Lauren, “Time to Melt Some Crayons”
Third: Elizabeth, “Food Choices Matter”

First: Jacob, “Best Place for Bacteria Growth”
Second: Ethan, “How well do different liquids and light conditions help grow red bell peppers?”
Tie Third: Lilly, “Enzymatic!”
Tie Third: Elise + Maddie, “The Temperature Test”

First: Prakash, “Electrolytes”
Second: Nathan, “What liquids work best for plants?”
Tie Third: Johanna + Kara, “Excellent Education”
Tie Third: Cavan, “Pressure”

First: Lucas, Howie + Henry, “Electric Potato”
Second: Ava, “Bubblicious”
Third: Amanda + Heather, “Candy Coke Explosion”

First: Allison, “The Golden Age of Sugar is NOT as Sweet as you Think!”
Second: Kendall, “A Plant’s Taste”
Third: Watson, “Mesh Speeds”

First: Reed, “How do video games affect vital signs in kids?”
Second: Sila, “Does music with lyrics help people concentrate better or not?”
Tie Third: Carter + Ryan, “Drone Speed Test”
Tie Third: Ethan, “How do liquids affect metals?”

The following projects will be advancing to the District Science Fair on February 11th:
Jackson Hornsby, “Does what a physician wear make the patient feel different?” 
Allison Chaloupek, “The Golden Age of Sugar is NOT as Sweet as you Think!”
Reed Glaser “How do video games affect vital signs in kids?” 
Sila Karakayali, “Does music with lyrics help people concentrate better or not?”
Jacob Mark, “Best Place for Bacteria Growth”
Prakash Mitra, “Electrolytes”

A moment of thanks :-)

A big THANKS goes out to our Science Fair judges! 

Beckie Hawkins, Cultural Programs Manager, City of Roswell

Alicia Evans, Wildlife Biologist, Chattahoochee Nature Center

Rachel Worley, Scientist, Center for Disease Control

Sarah Ballantyne, Medical Biophysicist

Lauren Martin, Marketing Director, BestCare Now Urgent Care (a Partner In Education)

Angie Marcus, Cobb County Watershed Stewardship Program

Rebecca Gilbert, Environmental Scientist, Chattahoochee Nature Center

Sean Holcombe, Software Engineer, Landis + Gyr

Jenna Mobley, Education Director at Community Farmers Market

Scott Fleming, Architect, Atlanta

Carla Bahun, Ed.D., Environmental Educator

Val Bahun, former elementary school principal

Morgan Chislett, Outdoor Education, Chattahoochee Nature Center

Mike Kahle, Cobb County Watershed Stewardship Program

Jason Maderer, National Media Relations, Georgia Institute of Technology

Tracy Matthews, Science Academic Coach, Cobb County School District

Laura Parker, Kid Chess, Marietta (a Partner In Education)

Big SHOUT OUTS go to the 5th Grade teachers for their guidance, Alexa Dean for her assistance, the Tritt Tiger Foundation for their support, especially Lauri Garretson, our awesome administrators, Dr. Patterson and Mrs. Keesling, and of course....

the AWESOME Tritt Elementary Fifth Grade STUDENTS for their hard work!!! You all did an amazing job :-)



Ground-level Ozone

EquationKIozoneWe are taking a look at chemical changes in fifth grade. For the last two weeks we've learned how transportation choices affect the air quality in Georgia, and participated in a nation-wide cartoon strip contest to educate our peers - this week we are creating homemade ground-level ozone detection strips. Ground-level ozone is harmful to breathe in; we really just want it higher up in the atmosphere to help protect us from the sun's rays.

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Using the charts below we can check how much ozone is in the air in our community. This more of a problem in the summer, as the heat from long days breaks down volatile organic compounds into increasingly unhealthy stuff.

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