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Researchers from SPRI Assist Vail Mountain School Students in Preparation for the 2013 VMS Science Fair

This month, Vail Mountain School held its annual science fair. Prior to the competition, these local Vail Valley students had the opportunity to consult with research scientists from the Steadman Philippon Research Institute to discuss ways to refine their experiments to yield the most meaningful data.  Science fairs across the country are meant to be a learning experience for students and provide creative ways for them to think through their experiments.  Students at Vail Mountain School, with the help of real researchers, learned that while getting to the answer is good, actually working through the scientific method is even better.  SPRI is known worldwide for the research and development of new procedures and techniques in the advancement of orthopedic medicine.  Students from the seventh and eighth grade worked through the advice of SPRI researchers to plan, analyze, rethink, and then make sense of their findings.

Staff and interns from Steadman Philippon Research Institute helped judge the science fair, as did other experts from Walking Mountains Science Center, Eagle River Watershed Council, the U.S. Forest Service and the Vail Recreation District.  The Steadman Philippon Research Institute congratulates all of the winners of the Vail Mountain School 2013 Science Fair!

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