Students explore science at Mississippi Elementary

Mississippi Elementary School students explored science in different ways April 26 – and had fun doing so.

Crystal Zane, third grade, creates a super spinner at Mississippi Elementary School’s Science Night April 26.

Crystal Zane, third grade, creates a super spinner at Mississippi Elementary School’s Science Night April 26.

That evening the Coon Rapids school hosted a science night with a host of science-related, hands-on activities.

According to Kari Lohn, who organized the science night, each spring the school has an academic night focusing on a different subject.

The last science night was three or four years ago, Lohn said.

Other academic nights have focused on math and reading activities, she said.

“Science night is a chance to teach science experiments in a fun way and for kids to explore the scientific process,” Lohn said.

“Kids like the hands-on activities and a chance to make and then take home what they have created.”

Science activities included:

• Sink and float – observing what causes objects to sink or float in water.

• What are optical illusions?

• Slippery slime – discovering the properties of slime when it is pulled slowly and the properties when it pulled quickly.

• Crazy catapults – the simple machine that is used to create a catapult.

• Balancing butterflies – making a butterfly to find out how it remains balanced in flight.

• Sound/light – how light and sound travel and how the properties of objects affect sound.

• Circuits/electromagnetic – the relationship between electricity and magnetism.

• Super spinners – how the surface on which a top is spun changes the speed of the spinning top.

In addition, students used the computers to have fun on the Foss science website, while the media center had displays of student work and showed Bill Nye videos.

And in the gym, students and their parents were treated to two presentations of experiments by Lindsay Rymes, a University of Minnesota graduate student.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com


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