The Croton-Harmon School District will host its second annual district-wide “Experience Science” celebration. The event will provide students and their families with a forum to learn about, teach each other, and practice science in a fun and engaging way.
Experience Science 2 will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 in the Croton-Harmon High School gymnasium, from 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. and is open to all Croton families and interested residents of all ages. There will be hands-on science experience stations comprised of student research and interactive experiments.
Confirmed Experience Science Stations include:
• Science Movie Project: Students will present their movie creation, which captures experimentation using scientific tools.
• Matter Experiments: Students will participate in activities that feature laboratories involving ice, layering of liquid, and the surface tension properties of water.
• Operation Investigation: Students will explore various topics using the scientific method.
• Bird’s Bones: There will be a demonstration showing that birds’ bones are actually round and stiff, not hollow like once thought. Visitors to this station will explore the characteristics of bones using tooth picks.
• Inventors Fair: Students will walk visitors through some highlights of fifth-grade science experiences including:
– How students apply the scientific method to their own questions
– Human impact on the environment, research, and presentations
– Engineering explorations with computer simulations and model building
• Robotics: Students will explore engineering, building and programming LEGO robotics to perform different tasks.
• Computer Programming: Students will explore computer programming using Scratch software.
• Water Bottle Rockets/Catapults: Students will make different sized and shaped fins to attach to a 2-liter soda bottle. After firing off their rockets, they will have the option to attach new fins to determine if the rocket climbs higher the second time, demonstrating the revision part of the scientific method.
• Science Research: Students will display their research projects and share their findings with the community. Seniors will present posters of their completed work and K-8 students will develop activities related to projects of their own.
• Fingerprinting: Students will dust for their own fingerprints and take home a fingerprint card.
• Exercise Physiology: Students will use heart rate monitors and perform different exercises to determine what activities help them to achieve their target heart rate.
• Virtual Dissection: Students will interact with a lab dissection program with a chance to dissect a pig, frog, sea star, worm, fish, shark, lamprey, squid, and crayfish. In addition, there will be labs where students can compare invertebrates, see the effects of chemicals on the heart rate of a frog; and see how water temperature affects the respiration rate of fish and more.
• Flame Test: Students will explore ultraviolet light and fireworks.
• Destination Imagination: Students will engage in instant challenges to test their problem solving abilities.
• Physics of Baseball: Guests will have an opportunity to throw his/her fastest pitch while a radar gun determines the speed of the pitch.
• Estimation Station: Students will have the opportunity to home their math skills by making educated guesses on amounts of money, lengths of time, distances, and other physical quantities.
There will be additional science-related art projects, science-themed games, food and beverages.
Additionally, just prior to the start of Experience Science 2, at approximately 5:15 p.m. the district will conduct a formal ribbon cutting for the two new Science Engineering Technology, Mathematics and Design (STEM-D) labs located on the second floor of the high school, in rooms 200a and 200b. Students have been using the labs since the beginning of the school year, however, community members are invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and visit the new labs. The labs were created through a combination of district funds and community donations.
The Croton-Harmon School District invites Croton families and interested residents to attend Experience Science 2 to participate in these fun and educational hands-on activities and discover more about the innovations that are taking place around us!