In an evening of gorgeous views amidst some unexpectedly fair weather, third grade students from both South Prairie Elementary and Garibaldi Grade School, along with some select Tillamook High School students, grouped at Pier’s End in Garibaldi to showcase their individual projects at the first-of-its-kind science fair.
Pier’s End, the iconic Garibaldi locale that has served as an historic Coast Guard boathouse, bait shop, and a rather oddly placed rental property has now been repurposed to an educational and interpretive destination right in the middle of Tillamook Bay. Recently taken over by the Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Foundation, Pier’s End has a bright future ahead as its transformed into a community based location with ample social opportunity.
Piers End in Garibaldi.Headlight-Herald/ Brian Cameron
“We started using Pier’s End for educational opportunities about three years ago,” Clair Thomas, Natural Resource Education Coordinator, said. “We’re glad that its being turned back to public use, it offers students an excellent opportunity for marine-based science.”
The science fair itself was rife with interesting projects dreamed up by Tillamook County youngsters, some of which included the differences of using baking powder to baking soda in cookie recipes, or whether or not Mentos or Skittles work more effectively to launch a bottle’s worth of soda pop skyward, or how to change the time period of a pendulum, electro chemistry, mold…
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