Hands-on science night popular at Mississippi

Science night at Mississippi Elementary School, Coon Rapids, always draws a crowd of students and their parents.

Mississippi Elementary School, Coon Rapids, teacher Kris McIntyre (seated) talks about the “slippery slime” solution of water, white glue and liquid tempera paint or food coloring with Lynette Mulubisha, 5, and her mother Zillah Mulubisha.

Mississippi Elementary School, Coon Rapids, teacher Kris McIntyre (seated) talks about the “slippery slime” solution of water, white glue and liquid tempera paint or food coloring with Lynette Mulubisha, 5, and her mother Zillah Mulubisha.

The event April 25 was no exception.

Principal Mark Hansen estimated that over 150 people came to the school during the two-hour event.

“We always do something in the spring and we change it up some years, but science night is always very popular,” Hansen said.

According to Hansen, the reason is because science night is very hands-on.

Activities took place in various classrooms as well as the gymnasium and the media center.

Each session in the classrooms was designed to explore science in different ways.

Sessions includes slippery slime, floating a boat, making pinwheels, catapults, hovering butterflies, making a butterfly feeder, floating flowers and building towers.

Rebecca Godfrey constructs a tower at her own desk in her third-grade room at Mississippi Elementary School during Science Night April 25.

Rebecca Godfrey constructs a tower at her own desk in her third-grade room at Mississippi Elementary School during Science Night April 25.

Kids were able to take home what they made during science night.

In the gym, movies of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” on such topics as earth’s seasons, flowers, bones and life cycles were screened, while in the media center, a naturalist from Anoka County’s Wargo Nature Center made presentations.

Students’ art work was on display on the walls of the hallways.

Coordinating the event were teachers Kari Lohn, Ryan Nelson and Emily Bornetun.

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