Maybe, 4th grader disproves much warming in Beeville, not entire planet?

Hmmm.  News from Beeville is tough to come by when limited to calls that tend to catch school officials before they get to their office or after they go home (early, by most standards — but it’s summer, so we cut ’em some slack).

But we can find more information on what would be an astounding, groundbreaking study by 4th grader Julisa Castillo, which has been advertised as disproving global warming.

Again from the Beeville Bee-Picayune, about five months ago:

Conclusion: ‘pretty creative’

by Scott Reese Willey
As world leaders meet in Copenhagen to draft legislation to rein in the release of greenhouse gases and stem climate change, an R.A. Hall Elementary School student is questioning the science supporting global warming.

High school student judging R. A. Hall Elementary science fair projects

Caption from Beeville Bee-Picayune: A.C. Jones High School student Zachary Johnson, above, looks over a science experiment entered in R.A. Hall’s annual science fair. Zachary and other members of the high school’s science club judged the exhibits. Photo from, and read more at: - Conclusion ‘pretty creative’

“There is not enough evidence to prove global warming is occurring,” fourth-grader Julisa Raquel Castillo concluded in a science project she entered in the campus’ annual science fair on Tuesday.

Julisa studied temperatures in Beeville for the past 109 years to develop her conclusion.

She researched online data basis of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, the National Weather Service, and checked out books on climate change at the Joe Barnhart Bee County Library.

Her findings:

• temperatures rose and fell from 1900 to 1950.

• temperatures in Beeville cooled down over a 20-year period beginning in 1955 and ending in 1975.

• Since 2001, temperatures in Beeville have grown cooler year after year.

Close to 200 R.A. Hall students entered projects in this year’s science fair, said organizer Denise Salvagno, who also teaches the school’s gifted and talented students.

Fourth- and fifth-graders were required to enter projects as part of class work; however, students in grades first, second and third could enter projects if they desired.

Students in Ben Barris’ science club at A.C. Jones High School judged the projects.

“Some of these projects are pretty creative,” said Zachary Johnson, a senior at A.C. Jones and one of the judges. “You can tell a lot of the students put a lot of effort into their projects. Some of them didn’t put much effort into it but a lot of them did and, overall, I’m impressed with what I am seeing.”

Fourth-grader Kaleb Maguire proved that all tap water in Beeville was the same quality.

He took samples of water at 10 different sites across town and came to the conclusion that because the water originated at the same source — the city’s fresh water plant — the samples contained the same amount of alkalinity, pH and free chlorine.

Fourth-grader Amber Martinez concluded that worms subjected to music were more alert than those not.

And fourth-grader Sam Waters’ project was no doubt much enjoyed by his pet pooch, Lucky.

Sam wanted to know which meat his dog would like more. Turns out Lucky preferred chicken over both hotdogs and sausage.

Fifth-grader Savannah Gonzales found out that ants prefer cheese over sugar, but classmate Misty Nienhouse concluded that ants preferred sugar over cheese. Tessa Giannini’s science project also seemed to prove that ants preferred sugar over cheese, bread or anything else.

However, fourth-grader Faith Hernandez conducted a similar experiment and concluded ants preferred cheese over ham.

Yet, Jose Vivesos, a fourth-grader, concluded that ants prefer sugar water over anything else.

Nathanial Martinez, also a fourth-grader, built a working seismograph and demonstrated how it detected and recorded earthquakes.

Fifth-grader Jamison Hunter decided to see if money in the hand made a difference in someone’s heart rate.

He recorded the heart rate of each volunteer without money in their hand, with one dollar bill in their hand, two one dollar bills in their hand and three one dollar bills in their hand.

His conclusion: “From this experiment, I learned that everyone’s heart rate is different by how much money they hold,” he said. “No two people had the same results even with the test being done the same way.”

Read more: – Conclusion ‘pretty creative’

Temperatures may have cooled in Beeville.  Can we extrapolate Beeville to the entire planet?

The title of the project may be a little bit ambitious.

[See earlier post on the issue here.]


7 Responses to Maybe, 4th grader disproves much warming in Beeville, not entire planet?

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    What I posted at the “Not Evil Just Wrong” blog, now that the hoax is admitted:

    You wrote: [quote]She serves as the most positive example of a balanced education that we’ve run into this year. Given both sides of the debate, Castillo was able to draw her own conclusions on the topic. It is this type of reward that motives us and the Independent Women’s Forum to continue pushing for a Balanced Education for Everyone, and bring these types of lessons to schools around the nation.[/quote]

    Time to change your mind, and change your tune, no?

    In the true fashion of junk science practitioners, McAleer claims the right to edit comments willy-nilly. He’s never returned here to defend his film, and that would be consistent with someone who is data and fact challenged.


  2. Ecotretas says:

    I’m the author of Ecotretas blog.

    I used data available on the web, from the NASA page. I don’t have any reference to Julisa’s project.

    It shows that Beeville would not be the best site to claim that Global Warming is not happening!

    The temperatures from Beeville do seam to have a twist though. It seems that they have been pushed up. Still investigating… Stay tuned!



  3. Ed Darrell says:

    Here’s the Google translation of that Portuguese blog’s post — without the links (go get the links for yourself):

    When the charity is great, Ecotretas suspects …

    It was too good to be true. When I read, could not believe it. A girl, Julisa Castillo, the fourth year of a school of Beeville, Texas, had won first prize at the 2010 National Science Fair. Their project “Disproving Global Warming” had won the 50,000 other projects, the NSF, and Al Gore was part of the jury! But when the charity is great, Ecotretas suspects …

    Will investigate the report, and finds himself an older one. Where there are some details of the investigation. But the work, a Google search reveals nothing, but news … This supposed competition, anything posted is emerging, not this year or in previous years … There remained one other way: try to see whether global warming even existed or not, to the sides of Beeville, Texas.

    The graph of temperatures, available at NASA, and visible above, shows a clear warming over the last three decades. So outrageous, that went for a look around the site of Anthony Watts, What you see there is a station apparently well located. Interestingly with a discrete graphics from NASA, which indicates that someone has been accelerating global warming … Is this what is news?

    I still suspect that it’s a simple error in the title of the project.


  4. Ed Darrell says:

    My Portuguese is poor — did they use the same data, Mr. Hartmann?


  5. Peter Hartmann says:

    interestingly, there is a Portuguese blog post:

    of a climate change skeptic (a fan), that claims to have checked out the Beeville data, and the temperature has been climbing.


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