About a month ago, Mrs. Daryl Files was kind enough to meet with us and give us pages and pages of ideas to expand our program, and she was also able to set up this amazing opportunity, as she holds an executive position in Interfaith! Interfaith helps to resettle refugee families, and we were able to present to a few of them. It was a truly immersive science experience for the children and the parents, and it was so fun for both parties! We hope we get to enrich more families from Interfaith in the future!
The SciExcite team made their second visit to Eagle Hill last Thursday, and it was immensely successful! We brought some new experiments to a couple fifth grade classes, including Oobleck, Atomic Worms, and Gak! It was a messy, gooey day, and we know everyone enjoyed every second of it! We can't wait to make our return in the next couple of weeks!
Many of our accomplished members of SciExcite also happen to be members of Fayetteville-Manlius' Chem Club! Chem Club is associated with the American Chemical Society, and run by Mrs. Wisbey and Mrs. Hance, two awesome chemistry teachers at FM High School. We take monthly trips to Golisano Childrens' Hospital to bring exciting science experiments to the kids staying there. It's always so great to see the smiles on the childrens' faces, because for an hour they are able to forget about their illness and be scientists instead! We do whatever we can to get the kids involved by letting them help out with the experiments. We give them one-on-one instruction and everyone gets a chance to try out the experiment! The room is always filled with laughs, smiles, and happiness, and we are so happy we get to spread the joy of science!
We'd like to thank two additional Chem Club members for joining Sarah Robinson and Alena Zhang on this event, those two being Lizzie Hall and Mirren Galway! Thank you for helping us make these kids smile!
Students at Hopeprint last week got to experience the joy of building their own volcano, which they will be able to add finishing touches to with paper mache! We can't wait to see how it turns out! We also covered the chemical reaction between baking soda and vinegar that is going to cause their volcano to erupt! We know they are just as excited as we are to see the finished product.
Our favorite Hopeprint kids showed up last Monday for one of our most popular experiments, which we call the Pink/Clear Competition! Using an indicator called phenolphthalein, our two teams must compete to see who can turn the solution their designated color; either pink or clear!
Last Wednesday, we brought some of our classic experiments to the Manlius Recreation Room and hung out with some lovely young ladies and men! We were privileged enough to present to two wonderful Girl Scout Troops from Mott Road Elementary School and Immaculate Conception Elementary School.
Siddhi Nadkarni spoke to the young ladies about pursuing a career in science, and made sure they were aware that STEM careers were not just for men. If Siddhi's speech didn't inspire the girls (which we are certain it did), then our favorite science experiments definitely did the trick.
After our presentation, we had a little jam session and listened to a few of the kids sing their favorite songs, and luckily, they had gorgeous voices to listen to.
We had so much fun with this very mature group of girls, and we are so glad that we got the chance to work with them! We hope to see them again soon!
We continued our lesson plan technique with the kids at Hopeprint this week and brought along one of our favorite experiments: Eggbert! The kids were so excited to see Eggbert get sucked into his house. This is a classic experiment that never gets old for us too! Sarah Robinson led the Hopeprint session while teaching the kids about the science of partial vacuums and changes in pressure!
Thanks to Joe Hughes for our lovely pictures this week!
The members of SciExcite were finally able to revisit their roots at Eagle Hill Middle School, and it was amazingly fun! We presented some of our favorite experiments with six fifth grade classes in the Large Group Instruction Room, and although two of our experiments didn't work (for the first time EVER!), the kids were still extremely impressed and didn't seem to mind. We even saw some familiar faces that came to our Friday Friendzy event, and it was great that they were excited to see us again as well!
Within the next couple of months, we are planning to come and present to smaller groups of fifth graders after school, similar to what we did at Wellwood, and we can't wait to get started!
We were also very excited to bring some new people along with us, including Emmett Burns, a new Team Member, and Joe Hughes, our new official photographer! Huge thanks to Joe for these awesome pictures!