The annual CSH Laboratory Science Fair for Goosehill is truly a family favorite and one event you don’t want to miss! As part of our school district’s partnership with the Laboratory, first graders participated in six exciting science activities, on a rotating basis taught by the scientists. They explored the properties of a “seaweed surprise” sodium alginate, commonly used as a thickener in the preparation of certain foods. It was all smiles at the table of “oobleck and flubber” where students sunk their hands into the worlds of solid or liquid? However, it was more squeamish at the table of brains, where they chose to either hold it, or simply look at a sheep and cow brain! They learned how DNA is a code for the proteins that make up the human body and investigated rainbow colors with the use of paper chromatography.
Principal, Lynn Herschlein, shared, “How amazing it is that our students have the opportunity to learn from “real” scientists in our very own community. Students see themselves as scientists and thoroughly enjoy their weekly investigations in the science room. The goal of science in primary school is to build students’ understandings about how the world works and how science is practiced. Hands-on experiences help our students form theories to explain “how” and “why” things happen. We encourage a sense of wonder…science is all around us!”