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TES teaches science: Students, parents get hands-on during school's special science night

Students at Thomson Elementary School got to join their parents in some hands on activities to celebrate Science Night Jan. 25.

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Apprentice Amanda Woods talks with Ben Brunner.

The school was filled with students and their families eager to participate in various centers located throughout the school.

In the lunch room, activities challenged students to use their five senses to make predictions and informed calculations.

They used the sense of hearing to guess the contents of sealed containers, and listened carefully to a xylophone activity that featured bottles filled with varying levels of water.

Using their sense of smell, children speculated what substance was inside cups.

In addition, students learned some principles of light with activities that featured opaque, transparent and translucent artwork projects.

Mixing colors was a popular activity, and one that Treasure Lowe, 5, wanted to try.

"I love to make colors at home. I like making purple," she said.

Treasure looked forward to trying all the activities because, she said, "I like science."

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Angelia Lowe-Harvey and daughter, Treasure, participate in a smell test.

Treasure's mom, Angelia Lowe-Harvey, encourages experimentation at home.

"It's good for the kids to learn as much as they can about science," she said.

Many of the activities were things the children could try at home such as the static electricity project. Students learned an easy way to make static electricity by rubbing balloons on hair and clothing, then observing how the charged force could be used to move light objects such as empty soda cans.

Children also got the chance to experiment with magnets, and to make predictions on what objects would sink or float. In another area, they studied the constellation patterns and learned about the Earth's rotation.

Star Lab, a portable planetarium, was set up in the gym, and students could watch the Magic School Bus Lost in Space video while they waited their turn to enter the lab.

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Thomson Elementary second grade teacher Carol Farr works with second grader Yaritza Perez-Garcia.

With a first hand look at the principles behind propulsion, students made their own mini rocket blasters out of plastic film canisters, vinegar and an antacid tablet.



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