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If you would like something fun for your junior scientist to do from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm on Friday, April 18th, then bring ‘em on by! We will have all sorts of fun science going on at the lab. Limited seats available.
Drop off begins at 9:30 am for our single day camp. We will provide a morning and afternoon science snack. Please bring a non-refrigerated, peanut free lunch for your child. You will also have the option ($5) to sign up for pizza and juice when you arrive.
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Miranda Worthington, a volunteer for Science Fun for Everyone, has been a huge help at our “Gooey Green Science and Extreme Earth” track out camp! Whether she was working with Lego robotics, constructing earthquake tables, or making solar powered race cars, she was always a smiling and a positive role model for the kids! This camp took place at the Science Fun Lab in Cary, the week of January 6th – 10th, while Miranda was home for her holiday break. She’s currently a sophomore at Eastern Carolina University, where she’s majoring in Business.
Outside of Science Fun, Miranda spends time helping her sorority and participating in other non-profit groups like Habitat for Humanity. She originally found Science Fun through a volunteer website and donated her time to gain volunteer hours for her sorority. “It’s great to have another pair of hands around when the goo starts flying!” Miranda said, “I really like it here; it’s definitely a fun atmosphere. I also realized I’m a lot better with kids than I thought”. She explained that she babysits fairly often, but working with Science Fun’s large groups of campers was easier than she expected. One of the most valuable things she’s taking away is “Realizing that kids all react in different ways”.
Out of all the activities and experiments that go on at SFFE, Miranda said her favorite was making the ‘slime’ and the ‘alien skin’. Miranda said that volunteering for Science Fun didn’t change her future business-related career goals, but discovering how well she can work with kids allowed her to see that becoming a teacher was more of a possibility now. Though she will probably stay focused on business.
Miranda loves volunteering with Science Fun, and said, “When I come home for spring break, I really hope there’s another camp!” She also plans to return during the summer. Miranda said she has spread all kinds of good news about us to her sorority sisters, who are also volunteering, and to the parents of the children she babysits, saying that Science Fun is a great place be!
SCHOOL: McGee’s Crossroads
GRADE LEVEL: 2nd
PROGRAM: Circle of Life
INSTRUCTOR: Scientist Heather
DATE: Monday, November 25, 2013
TEACHER(S) NAME: Ms. Underwood, Ms. Hughes, Ms. Sharpe, Ms. Storm, Ms. Shatto, Ms. Scholz
Scientist Heather’s Experience:
The second graders at McGee’s Crossroads Elementary School spent Monday and Tuesday learning all about bugs! I was impressed by everything the students already knew! There might just be a few future Entomologists in this group of students! We learned how to tell the difference between insects, arachnids, myriapods and annelids before seeing them up close. Students loved being able to touch Madagascar hissing cockroaches and digging in the dirt to find millipedes, beetles, roly polys and all kinds of other critters. We also got to look at a living life cycle up close and see insect larvae, pupae, and adults. Karma, our chameleon, even made an appearance when we talked about how important insects are in the food chain.
We ended the program with what looked like a container full of water, only to stick our hands in and find out it was actually full of clear, synthetic frog eggs! I hope your child, brother or sister didn’t scare you too badly when they convinced you to stick your fingers in the cup of plain, boring “water” that they took home with them!
Thank you, Mcgee’s Crossroads Second Graders, for a great start to the week! Happy Thanksgiving!
SCHOOL: Highcroft Drive Elementary
GRADE LEVEL: Third
PROGRAM: A Matter of Science
INSTRUCTOR: Scientist Davis
Scientist Davis’ Experience:
I spent the end of the week this week with the third graders at Highcroft Drive Elementary, learning about Matter. We spoke about the three main phases of matter and how each was different than the other. I was impressed with how much the students already knew about matter! We talked about how many solids can be changed into a liquid by adding energy to the solid’s molecules in the form of heat. We then learned how removing that energy from the liquid could then return it to its solid phase. To demonstrate this idea, we turned milk and cream into ICE CREAM!
This program is one of many that fully lives up to the promises of Science Fun For Everyone. While making ice cream is of course exciting and fun, it can be a truly educational experience as well. In the ten to fifteen minutes it takes to explain how to make ice cream, and to actually freeze the ingredients, we cover many important aspects of the science at work! We talk about how the milk and cream give their energy to the ice to allow it to melt, which in turn freezes the liquids. The students also feel how the cold ice takes energy from their hands and learn that we experience this as cold. After the ice cream is frozen, we then can move on to talking about insulation. Students learn that their coats and jackets don’t keep them warm because the clothing is producing heat, but because the person wearing them is producing heat. In this way, a jacket could be used to keep a snow ball from melting!
It’s such a rewarding experience as an educator to see these moments of excitement coincide with moments of learning, and is what makes this job so great!
Thanks Highcroft Drive Third Graders!
SCHOOL: North Forest Pines Elementary
GRADE LEVEL: Kindergarten
PROGRAM: Property Party
INSTRUCTOR: Scientist Kim
DATE: Friday, November 15th, 2013
TEACHER(S) NAME: Ms. Lipscomb, Ms. Hunter, Ms. Maloney
Scientist Rachel’s Experience:
What better way to end the week than to explore some exciting science experiments with the kindergartners at North Forest Pines Elementary School? As an introduction to what it means to be a scientist, we learned how important it is to be observant of the world around us. During experiments aimed to help us discover different properties of objects, we extended our observations and formed a hypothesis to predict the outcome of our experiment. With some surprising results!
My visit started with Ms. Lipscomb’s classroom, where I was greeted by a classroom full of eager scientists ready to investigate. I encountered the same enthusiasm later in the day, where some innovative students recognized how we could turn everyday objects into surprising treasures! During this activity, we used our imagination to pretend we were stranded on a deserted island and our creativity to design items that we might need to help us survive. In Ms. Hunter’s class, Conner built an impressive raft (it even floats since it was made of wood!) and Graham in Ms. Maloney’s class built a shelter that could have passed for a mansion.
The most rewarding part of the day was by far the looks of amazement on the students’ faces when they saw how ordinary, small, white ‘rocks’ can transform into a beautiful rainbow of large, colorful crystals. The wonder will continue when they observe how those colors can blend given time.
The inquisitive students at North Forest Pines were a delight to teach, and I’m happy to say they were excellent colleagues in science! I look forward to joining you for another program that is “better than recess” in the near future!
SCHOOL: West Clayton Elementary
GRADE LEVEL: 2nd
PROGRAM: Sound Surprise
INSTRUCTOR: Scientist Rachel
DATE: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
TEACHER(S) NAME: Akers, Nguyen and Shearon
Scientist Rachel’s Experience:
I knew my day was going to be a good one, when one student handed me a letter asking brilliant science questions and expressing her desire to be a scientist! The good vibes continued, as I had the chance to be an acoustical engineer alongside the 2nd grade students at West Clayton Elementary, and had a FANTASTIC time!
The program started off with a bang, as the students were all quite surprised when a needle slid right through a balloon, and then popped when they were least expecting it! This led us into an inquisitive discussion about how sound moves in vibrations, how we can make a high pitch and a low pitch sound, and how the molecules move in different sounds. By using a tuning fork, the students saw first hand that sound travels through gasses, solids, and even liquids – and can even splash us in the face!
We continued our sound exploration, by looking at the ear of a giant that I came across on my way to the school (but don’t worry, I gave it back), and learned how sounds travel through the ear and all the way to the brain. The students then had the chance to make their own tympanic membrane (ear drum) and experiment to make the faux ear wax bounce like popcorn!
Finally, we reached my favorite experiment of the program…we made our own slimy ear wax! The students were phenomenal scientists and experimented with their ear wax by making super slimy sounds and by making giant bubbles!
The smiles, hugs, and words of thanks that I received truly made my day, and I look forward to doing even more science with these AWESOME classes in the future!
Thanks West Clayton 2nd graders!!
SCHOOL: Little River Elementary
GRADE LEVEL: 4th
PROGRAM: Can You Dig It?
INSTRUCTOR: Scientist Christine
DATE: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
TEACHER(S) NAME: Melissa Harappa
Scientist Christine’s Experience:
Wow! The fourth graders at Little River are top notch geologists. As we excavated a dig site, we learned all about minerals, rocks, and even fossils (oh, my!). The junior geologist were able to classify the rocks and minerals they found during the dig by using color, luster, and cleavage. Additionally, we tested the rocks and minerals for magnetism, color, hardness, and electrical conductivity. Students were so excited about my visit that some even brought in their own rocks and minerals from home to share with me. Fantastic! All in all, it was a GREAT day, and the students were able to bring home the items they found during the dig in their very own personal mining bag.
Thanks Little River 4th graders!