Gause Elementary School cafeteria and gym were transformed into science labs for experiments and discovery for their Family Fun Science Night on April 22.
Teachers and parents volunteered to staff learning stations where families could take part in activities such as experiment with the forces of gravity, build and toss paper airplanes, construct a paper skeleton, examine plastic human organs, learn about to the eco system at Steigerwald Natural Wildlife Refuge and make Oobleck.
“Making this stuff is awesome and cool,” said Gause second grader, Brayden Strong, who experienced making Oobleck with his mom, Jasmine. “And it is messy!” Oobleck is a classic science experiment made with water and corn starch and a favorite part of the event. It is an example of a non-Newtonian fluid that acts like a liquid when being poured, but is like a solid when a force is acting on it. Applying pressure to the mixture increases its viscosity or thickness. So if it is tapped quickly it will feel solid, but if a finger is pressed slowly it will sink into it.
“I got to do experiments that I have never seen before,” said fourth grader, Matt Brown. “I like to experience new things and have fun with science.”
“I feel like after experiencing these activities in various areas of science they see learning about science as fun and approachable,” Morrill said. “I hope they are motivated to do more exploring at home with their families.”