Excitement Bubbles Over at Roosevelt's Virtual Science Fun Night
It was a night of discovery and bonding as Theodore Roosevelt second graders and their families participated in a virtual Science Fun Night, Feb. 4.
The school tradition provides families and their children the opportunity to explore together the science and engineering activities that are taught in the classroom. Students were sent home with goggles and a lab coat, as well as a package of materials to conduct the experiments at home.
Connecting through Zoom, Mad Science NYC kicked off the evening with an action-packed presentation on why things spin, boom or pop. After this mesmerizing show, students and families were greeted by K-2 science and technology teacher and coordinator of the event, Ms. Regina D’Orio who led a “How to Guide for Science Night Experiments.” Then it was the students’ and families’ turn to engage in three hands-on experiments. They made “Hoop Gliders” and explored how a plane flies with no wings. They marveled over
the “Erupting Bubbling Blob,” a bubbling chemical reaction when oil, water and a colored fizzy tablet are mixed together in a test tube, and they carefully squeezed a dropper several times to see how many drops of water can fit on a coin. Thinking like scientists, students filled out worksheets for each activity that encouraged them to make predictions, record their observations and draw conclusions.
“Science Fun Night is a snapshot of how our students are building their critical thinking and problem-solving skills through STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), which we expand upon in the classroom with lessons that involve programming and building,” Ms. D’Orio said. “The most important lesson I can instill in my students is the confidence to challenge themselves as problem-solvers as they progress through school.”
Ms. D’Orio created and posted instructional videos of each experiment on her website with information about the virtual event, including the opportunity for students to win prizes for submitting photos of themselves conducting the experiments. Prizes consisted of a variety of science kits that enabled students to grow crystals, grow a garden, create a bubbling volcano, and much more.
“Thank you to our science and technology staff, and our families and students for making this virtual event a great success,” added Ms. Janna Ostroff, K-12 Supervisor for Science and Technology for Instruction. “We hope the excitement they have for Science Fun Night will stay with them as they advance through school.”