Science Un­scripted teaches chil­dren at Cen­tre­ville Li­brary

Record Observer - - SCHOOLS - By HAN­NAH COMBS

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Mary­land Science Cen­ter’s Trav­el­ing Science Pro­grams brought an ex­cit­ing pro­gram, Science Un­scripted, to the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary in Cen­tre­ville on Thurs­day, April 13.

School was out for spring break, and kin­der­garten through fifth­grade stu­dents were able to get a front row seat to cool demon­stra­tions in­clud­ing liq­uid ni­tro­gen, chem­i­cal mix­ing, and com­bus­tion re­ac­tions. In­for­mal science ed­u­ca­tion — like this demon­stra­tion — is key to STEM suc­cess and the core of the Science Cen­ter’s mis­sion.

Pre­sen­ters, KC and Kris­ten, from the Science Cen­ter, en­ter­tained and in­tro­duced the chil­dren to the won­ders of science for about an hour, en­gag­ing them in par­tic­i­pa­tion of the ex­per­i­ments.

Watch­ing the demon­stra­tions, the stu­dents were able to vi­su­al­ize the way calo­ries or en­ergy is burned, such as sugar in the form of a gummy bear. They also watched the ef­fect of mol­e­cules shrink­ing when they get colder, as demon­strated by an air filled bal­loon be­ing sucked into a glass tube con­tain­ing liq­uid ni­tro­gen.

Stu­dents also par­tic­i­pated in an ex­per­i­ment in which a chem­i­cal ad­di­tive to a clear liq­uid, turned the liq­uid a brown color, this ex­per­i­ment clearly amazed the lit­tler chil­dren, with it’s ‘magic like’ abil­ity.

Last year, more than 1,200 stu­dents in Queen Anne’s county were able to par­tic­i­pate in th­ese out­reach pro­grams avail­able through the Science Cen­ter.

To learn more about the top­ics of­fered by the Trav­el­ing Science Pro­gram or how you can re­serve a Trav­el­ing Science Pro­gram for your school, visit http://www. md­sci.org/pro­grams/ trav­el­ing-science-pro gram.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Isiah Dodd is rec­og­nized for his ef­forts and ded­i­ca­tion to the Queen Anne’s County High School bas­ket­ball team. Isiah’s hard work and ded­i­ca­tion is an as­set to the QACHS bas­ket­ball team and helps bring them suc­cess all sea­son long, while he shows his pride in be­ing a QACHS Lion. Ath­letic Di­rec­tor Brian Kelly, along with prin­ci­pal Amy Hu­dock, presents Isiah with a jer­sey at the April Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing.

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