Isabelle and Seirra’s experiment showed that on average, the Sparkle brand ripped after 95 coins, the Bounty brand after 129 coins, and the Great Value brand after 248 coins.
Isabelle said she and her partner took turns holding the sheets of paper and placing the coins.
“I like when it ripped,” said Seirra.
Both said they were surprised by the experiment’s outcome, as they had expected the brand name product to hold up the best.
Both Seirra and Isabelle won a first-place award.
Kramer said that the projects also taught students about communicating with their partners and with others when they had to explain their experiments.
The projects also imparted lessons about perseverance.
“Things don’t always work out the way you want them to,” Kramer said.
Fifth-grade teacher Mitch Sefton lauded Kramer, Mills and the kids for their efforts and said the fair allowed students to gain valuable lessons and to spend time working on the projects with parents and fellow students.
And, he said, the skills that the projects required — asking questions, setting and meeting deadlines, working hard to accomplish a task — will help the students later in school and beyond.
“Definitely skills that they can use in the future,” Sefton said.
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