Susser School Science Fair: A Great Time Asking the Great Questions

Last week, students at Birch Family Services’ Phyllis L. Susser School for Exceptional Children participated in the Flushing, Queens-based school-age program’s annual Science Fair.

For the fifth straight year, students presented science projects that asked — and answered — some of The Great Questions of Science: Is the earth round or flat? (Round!); Which drink will rot your teeth faster? (apple juice!); and Can plants grow and thrive on a steady diet of Gatorade? (Yes! But they will start to smell after awhile).

Adhering strictly to the Scientific Method, some of these young scientists were surprised when their hypotheses failed to match their conclusions. For instance, plants fed blue Gatorade did not in fact grow blue leaves. But in the service of Science, surprises aren’t wrong answers, just another way of learning more about the world we live in.

The Phyllis L. Susser School For Exceptional Children is a New York State approved non-public school that provides a 12-month special education day program for students age 10-21, funded by their local school districts. We are located in a quiet residential neighborhood within walking distance to St. John’s University and CUNY Queens College.

We serve a diverse group of students with educational challenges such as: autism, emotional disability, intellectual disability, impaired speech, other health impairments, multiple disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Our students come from Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.

Phyllis L. Susser School
for Exceptional Children