The future and the present came together in the auditorium of Shaare Torah Girls Elementary School at the “Science of the Future Fair” on Tuesday, December 25, as mothers, fathers, and grandparents flocked to the school to catch a glimpse of what the technology of tomorrow might look like.

Entering the auditorium, the guests were transported into “space,” seeing a glittering array of stars, lights and worlds whirling about giving them the feeling that they had entered tomorrow. They then toured the creative, eye-catching exhibits prepared by the talented students of Shaare. Using the scientific method, the students presented the hypothesis, abstract, background research, diagram, and procedures, and then – obviously unable to test for a conclusion – they described the advantages and disadvantages of their ideas, emphasizing their potential positive impact on society.

The ideas had been chosen by the students after thinking about what they would like to see improved in their daily living, and discussing the matter with their parents and siblings.

Each grade then developed themes for their projects – home, school, food, health care and transportation – and the students worked on their projects in groups of four. One project was a “Parking Pal,” a GPS that locates available parking spots. (Every parent at the fair asked for one or two of these…) As the students explained, this invention would allow people to waste less time finding parking so they could do other, more productive things with their time, such as shopping, which would benefit the economy.

Another example was the “Munch N Lunch,” a microwave lunchbox that warms up the food when you push a button, so you never have to eat a cold lunch again.

These are just two of the numerous innovative ideas developed by the first through fifth graders at Shaare. The teachers worked diligently alongside the students in creating their inventions, under the capable guidance of Ms. Sara Zimmerman, the school’s Science Coordinator.

At the fair, which included a special video presentation, parents saw how the students brainstormed, discussed ideas, researched and presented their projects to the other groups. The feeling of “being a part” was evident throughout the entire process, and the results were on clear display for all to enjoy. The Science of the Future fair was learning at its best, and lots of fun, too. And it showed the students and all the guests how technology can be used to enhance our lives and help pave the way for a better, brighter and more comfortable future for all of us.