A Friday night in February. What to do?
At Linwood Elementary, 72 people chose to spend the evening of Feb. 15 at the Family Fun Science Night.
Stations were set up in the cafeteria for Linwood families to learn that physics is fun, chemistry is cool and electricity can cause a buzz.
Led by science-loving teachers and parents, Linwood students explored these science and math topics:
Chromatography. Put wet M&Ms on a coffee filter and watch the colors separate.
Fluid dynamics. Float M&Ms on water. As the colors dissolve off the candy surface, watch them interact. (Where do the printed M’s go?)
Bones. How are corresponding bones from various animal species similar, and how do they differ? Compare bones from different animals.
Bouncy balls. Mix together white school glue, borax, water and cornstarch.
Moonsand. Mix flour and baby oil together for moldable fun.
Goop. Mix shaving cream or hair conditioner and cornstarch. Better than Play-Doh?
Potato battery. Make LEDs light up using a battery of copper and zinc plates inserted in a potato.
Simple motor. Run electricity through a wire coil suspended over a magnet and watch the coil spin. Electricity is turned into rotary motion.
Conductivity. Game #1: Answer the question correctly and the LED lights up. Game #2: Move the wire coil down the wire path without letting the wires touch and sounding the buzzer.
Tessellation tiles. Create geometric pictures using colored tiles.
Logic games. Test your deductive reasoning skills.
3D puzzles. Flat shapes come alive when stacked on each other.
Overall, a pretty good way to spend a Friday evening in February.