If you’re going to make homemade paper, recycled magazines are a good material, much stronger than dryer lint. Southwest Elementary fourth grader Makayla Decker’s hypothesis was supported, and she won the prize for the best overall project at the USD 382 Science Fair this week.

Seventh grader Jorja Elliott thought Gorilla® tape would be the most effective — the name certainly suggests strength — but her experiment showed that Scotch Tough Tape® was strongest of several she tested. Judges chose her project as the runner up.

Both students received Chamber Bucks from the Scholarship Recognition Committee.

Forty-six students in first through eighth grades signed up to do individual projects and 28 (60 percent) completed. Class projects were done by all first through fourth grades. Fifth, seventh and eighth grade students did several class projects each.

Preschool, elementary and middle school students toured the project displays this week at the Frog Dome in the ACE building. While there, they also participated in activities developed by Heath Sharp’s high school science projects students.

The Science Fair was also open to the public until 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Fifty people visited during those times.