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Posted On: 15 Nov

Speas Global Elementary is our Spotlight School of the Week

“Speas

GRADE: 1st
PROGRAM: Funky Forces
Scientist: Maddie

I had the pleasure of being at Speas Global Elementary School in Winston-Salem the past two days! I was greeted by friendly staff who had tables and chairs set up for me to teach all of my students. I got to teach the first graders of Speas about forces! The students already knew that a force is a push and pull. They also knew that gravity is a force that pulls us back down to the ground. The first grade students knew a lot about magnets, gravity, and the force of wind. They were engaged, helpful, and patient. The best part is that we got to make magnetic slime! Our students were so intrigued by the magnetic slime and did such a great job mixing the chemicals to make the slime that they got to take it home! The first graders were so friendly and helped me clean up all of our experiments. Since most of the classes that came to do experiments with me are bilingual, I even got to learn some new Spanish words! I cannot wait to come back to Speas Elementary School next time I am in the Winston-Salem area to see what other fun science experiments we are going to get to do! Thank you for an awesome two days of Funky Forces!
– Scientist Maddie

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Posted On: 8 Nov

Parkside Elementary is our Spotlight School of the Week

“Parkside

GRADE: 5th
PROGRAM: Newton’s Lab
Scientist: Karla

I have been to Park Side Elementary twice in the last two weeks and it has been one of my favorite schools of all time because they are so excited to have us come! These fifth graders had never seen a science fun program before, so their excitement filled the rooms (and the hallways) with laughter and fun! We started out the program with a contest where they got to catapult different sized objects at their classmates and they had a blast! Even through all the fun and games the fifth graders were able to successfully answer all of my questions about Issac Newton and his laws while also connecting them to our fun experiment I had so much fun with all three fifth grade classes that I couldn’t pick just one to write about. We made cars that ran on the force of our own breath and even got to race them at the end of the program! I came out of each session with a big smile because of all the fun we were having, and I can’t wait to visit the school again!

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Posted On: 2 Nov

Grove Park Elementary is our Spotlight School of the Week

Grove Park Elementary

GRADE: 2nd
PROGRAM: Weather Wise
Scientist: Heather

Today, I was lucky enough to visit the second graders at Grove Park Elementary school in Burlington for THE VERY FIRST TIME EVER! Sorry to all the other SFFE scientists out teaching today, but there is just no way your classes were as awesome as mine!

I was nearly blown away by the weather knowledge these budding meteorologists already had, and they used it all expertly as we worked today. Each one of us got to see and feel some mini lightning bolts. We learned that lightning is a very strong form of static electricity. Of course, we don’t want to ever be close to real lightning, but we actually get struck by a teeny tiny mini lightning bolts any time we get shocked by a doorknob, slide, or friend. Next time look to see if you can spot the tiny flash of light, especially if you’re pulling on a staticky sweater on one of these cold mornings!

What impressed me the most at Grove Park was how well our meteorologists also worked as engineers to build their very own weather stations! They worked hard, helped each other, did their best, and never gave up as they put together a group of tools that can now tell them 4 different things about the weather. No need to check the weather channel this weekend, just ask these 2nd grade meteorologists about the rainfall, UV strength of the sun, wind speed, and wind direction!

For a few minutes it got really windy and rainy as our room, as we tested how to use things like anemometers and rain gauges. Then I did my very best to blow them away using my cloud blaster! I didn’t quite knock anyone out of their chairs, but we did end up with some wind blown hairstyles.

Time flies when you’re having fun, and I think the students agree that today was over too soon. Sadly, I can’t come hang out every day, but I certainly won’t be sad if I see Grove Park second grade in my schedule again sometime. Thanks for a terrific Thursday, magnificent Meteorologists!

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