Springfield Library hosts annual ‘Science in the Summer’ program
SPRINGFIELD » Reaction time was the name of the game — make that several games — at the Science in the Summer session Jan. 27 at the Free Library of Springfield Township.
Sixteen students entering fourth through sixth grades in the fall were checking out their reaction times by catching a “baseball bat” strip of paper, toss a bean bag with a partner, draw a star with eyes closed and play memory match.
Tuesday was day two of the two-day science program sponsored by the research-based pharmaceutical and health care company GSK, which rolled out a new topic for the first time in more than a decade — the Science of Sports.
“I’m learning, too,” said Bill Vosburgh, a retired West Chester School District science teacher in his 21st year serving as a Science in the Summer instructor.
Armed with all manner of props and ideas, as well as several assistants, Vosburgh kept the pace going quickly, asking for “all eyes on me” to explain each experiment before the students, clad with goggles, tried them for themselves.
“I want the kids to be excited,” he said beforehand.
In addition to measuring physical reaction times, the students got to experiment with a chemical reaction, making a “bouncy ball” out of glue, water, cornstarch and borax.
“I liked making the ball,” said Viola, a rising fifth-grader at Erdenheim Elementary School who likes to play lacrosse.
“Making the ball” was her favorite also, said Grace, a rising fifth-grader at Erdenheim Elementary whose favorite sport is
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Children work together to calculate their data during Science in the Summer class at the Free Library of Springfield Township June 27, 2017.