Science Highlights at Grant K-8 School

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

A gecko stares at guests of the Family Science Night.

The Grant K-8 School community had a fantastic kick-off to science adventures for the 2011 – 2012 school year. Over 350 attended a Family Science Night which featured geckos, snakes and other reptiles brought by Herpetology Culturist Cheryl Smith, the “Lizard Lady,” from Cheryl’s Reptiles and  by Ashley Riley from Freedom Reptile Rescue.  Jim Berrian, from the Entomology Department at the San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT), presented a selection from his spiders and other small scale creatures, offering identification of specimens brought in by the curious.

Attendees of all ages investigated laws of motion while launching balloon rockets and balloon helicopters.  They completed electric circuits, manipulated magnets and cheered on snails in races. Math activities challenged estimation skills and explored careers that use math.  Crystal structures of different forms of sugar were examined microscopically.  Popular the entire night was an activity measuring acid levels in several candy samples for comparison.

Middle school Science Teacher, Ginger Tyson, was instrumental in orchestrating the event. She is grateful to the valuable volunteers from all sections of the school community who contributed to running a successful event. The Grant School community is appreciative of The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s continued sponsorship of this and several school science ventures.  One student from each grade level won a pair of admission tickets to the exhibit galleries, including entry to an IMAX® film.

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