Symons PTO Family Science Night shows off exhibits

By Balinda Zimmerman
On October 17, 2017 the PTO of Symons hosted Family Science Night where students, parents and teachers could display exhibits of science and science experiments. Principal, Kate McChesney, and Kimberly Gillow welcomed those who came to the event signing them up for a raffle and explaining the 22 stations of interest. Students received a science journal in which to record their findings.
Principal McChesney explained how the event was a good opportunity for students to explore at their own pace, how developmentally, children learn best from what they can see, touch, feel, and manipulate. There were plenty of children actively participating in the experiments through out the school.
At the dry ice table, Ava Legier and Althea Decker tested the dry ice theory while Alana Wolf explained what dry ice is and how the experiment works. Dry ice is super cold and metal is super warm so when the two come into contact a gas escapes from the dry ice, creating a cloud and the pressures create a unique screaming sound depending on the type of metal. You cannot touch dry ice because it is so cold but you can touch the soapy water that is added to dry ice and bubbles out in gas form because the gas is trapped inside the soap, then rises and warms enough to touch.
Shaun Ballard tested the egg drop by wrapping a raw egg in any number of unique sponges, fabrics and other optional materials. He then took the enclosed egg, climbed the stairs to meet Mr. Dan Adams at the top and then dropped his egg. On his second trip up the stairs, Mr. Adams held a ladder while Shaun climbed to the top to get the utmost height before dropping the egg into a tub on the gym floor. Shaun was successful in protecting his egg from being broken in the drop during both experiments.
Mike Williams and his two sons, Ronan and Benjamin, learned how mixing baking soda and vinegar creates a gas that is strong enough to push open a Ziploc bag.  (see photo)
 The goal of the PTO Science Night is providing safe, readily available materials where parents and children learn together in a joint learning environment. The school recognizes that parent participation is critical to student achievement and this event helps bridge the gap between home and school.

Balinda Zimmerman is owner/operator at Milan Memories by Minna, and a freelance writer for the Milan Eagle News. She can be reached atbalindaz [at] comcast [dot] net

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