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Making Ashley float

Science team shows students the unexpected

Science team shows students the unexpected

October 21, 2004|by JANET HEIM

janeth@herald-mail.com

The wonder of science captivated fourth- and fifth-graders at Emma K. Doub School for Integrated Arts and Technology as specialists from the Maryland Science Center presented a traveling science program at the elementary school on Tuesday.

The program, titled "Brain Benders," was presented by science center Outreach Specialists Frank Hayes and Erin Kerst.

Hayes and Kerst are on a team that travels across Maryland, as well as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia getting kids excited about science. The outreach specialists have science backgrounds, ranging from astronomy and marine biology to physics and more.

There are different programs for different age groups. The traveling teams are on the road five days a week, sometimes presenting two programs a day, Hayes said.

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The hour-long program at Emma K. Doub featured hands-on demonstrations with audience participation.

The science specialists set out to test the students' hypotheses - expectations - for what would happen as they demonstrated different things. They focused on discrepant events - when something different happens than expected because of science.

Demonstrations included heating a balloon without it popping, walking through paper, penetrating a potato with a drinking straw, raising a student off the table with air, lifting a glass jar filled with rice without touching the jar, and shooting a pencil at high speed into a piece of wood.

"I thought that even though it may seem impossible, anything is possible with science," said Samantha Bosco, 9.

Michaela Brewer, 9, concluded, "Science is really cool. It made Ashley float."

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