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Traveling science program comes to Maugansville

January 29, 2008|By JANET HEIM

When asked to raise their hands if they liked to try science, every student's hand in the Maugansville Elementary School gym shot up.

Presenter Niki Hord then mentioned she would be needing volunteers and there was an audible gasp from the young audience.

Hord, along with Lydia Newman, was presenting a program called "Brain Benders," a traveling science program from the Maryland Science Center.

Maugansville Elementary's PTA arranged for the program, one of about four provided for the students each school year.

The program was presented for youngsters in grades kindergarten through second in the morning, and an afternoon session was held for the remaining grades.

Hord demonstrated what a "discrepant event" was, showing how what is expected doesn't always happen.

Watching projects such as burning flash paper, which burns quickly and without leaving any ash, to putting a metal stick through a balloon from end to end, to trying to burn a water balloon, the students appeared to be captivated by the program.

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"The kids love it. It's such a treat," PTA member Cindy Moir said.

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