Thanks to everyone who helped make our third annual Family Science Night a success! One new highlight this year was our t-shirt cannon, which was made by stuffing a t-shirt in a pipe. After mixing calcium carbide with water, our science teachers lit the mixture to create acetylene gas. The expanding gas pushed the t-shirt out of the pipe and into the arms of our waiting students.
A special thanks to our 2012 Community Partners. Students learned about cryogenics and ate food frozen with liquid nitrogen with 3M. They conducted taste and smell experiments with General Mills. They learned about the process of farm to table engineering with Cargill. They saw a model of water run off with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. Students saw old signs and learned about the importance of health inspections with the City of St. Louis Park. Also presenting were Metropolitan Mosquito Control and the Master Gardeners. By making STEM fun and engaging for our elementary students, our Community Partners helped make our event a huge success.
Students reported that some of their favorite experiences were brought by our High School students. As part of their group project, IB Physics students created interactive stations to teach elementary students about physics concepts. The Science Olympiad team conducted Chemistry demonstrations throughout the night. Another highlight for many of our students was watching our corn snake Nicky eat a rat.
This year, our family engineering challenge stations showcased two Engineering is Elementary (EiE) units, a curriculum that is currently being used in the elementary classrooms. At these stations, students experimented with magnets, used materials to clean up an oil spill and tested the pH of water and soil samples. Students also made marshmallow catapults to learn about potential energy and a green slime polymer at the chemistry station!
Family Science Night is an annual event that is designed to interest young, elementary aged learners in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Our High School teachers partner with local businesses, private organizations, our city government and IB Physics students to create stations that exhibit hands-on educational experiences for elementary students. The event takes place in an open house format so that families can come and go as they please, spending as much time as they with at each station. We are continually recruiting businesses to partner with us to make this evening a success. For more information, please email: ScienceNight@slpscience.org