Spring­field Li­brary hosts an­nual ‘Sci­ence in the Sum­mer’ pro­gram

Springfield Sun - - FRONT PAGE - By Linda Finarelli lfinarelli@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @lk­finarelli on Twit­ter

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



Chil­dren work to­gether to cal­cu­late their data dur­ing Sci­ence in the Sum­mer class at the Free Li­brary of Spring­field Town­ship June 27, 2017.

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