Grade school students test science of fun
On Oct. 26, the third-grade student
from Anna Devine Elementary School in
Ulster Park was among 35 children,
between the ages of 8 and 12 years old,
to attend “Your Home – It’s All Built on
Chemistry,” an outreach program held at
the college aimed at making science
“This is a great way for kids to get interested in science and all that it has to offer,” said Jane Sileo (Educational Studies), Will’s mom.
Chemistry departments, such as the one at New Paltz, organize a series of experiments that use household items, as part of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) National Chemistry Week, Oct. 23-27. Guidelines are provided by the ACS, but it’s up to individual colleges to determine what projects they will present and how.
Chemistry Department Chair Dan Freedman and student volunteers chose the experiments that included making paint, testing the strength of spaghetti and projecting marshmallows out of plumbing pipe shooters.
Ten chemistry students, including
Megan Mackey ’07, guided children
“The event allowed me to see chemistry a little differently than I have in my three years of studying,” said Mackey. “It’s one of those things that brings you back down to Earth when you realize how important chemistry is in everyday life.”
Thirty-five elementary school students attended the event that Freedman said could have easily reached 70 or 80. Freedman said some children visited different stations multiple times.
“It’s a lot of fun for the college students to experience
Sileo said by the end of the night her son was thanking her for bringing him. He took his marshmallow shooter home and has been taking it apart and putting it back together.
“ As soon as we get the marshmallows, he’s going to experiment and see which shoots the farthest,” she said.
November 6, 2006
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