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2/3/2013 12:01:00 AM
Scientific catalyst: Paper airplanes, magnets make learning fun for elementary school students
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University freshman Tyler Schulz balances a gyroscope on Angel Morado’s fingertip.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University freshman Tyler Schulz balances a gyroscope on Angel Morado’s fingertip.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students Peter Ledstrom, Josh Hammes and Sebastian Muse talk with Theresa Yslas’ third-grade class about how gravity changes on the different planets during Sacred Heart Catholic School’s Science Day.
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students Peter Ledstrom, Josh Hammes and Sebastian Muse talk with Theresa Yslas’ third-grade class about how gravity changes on the different planets during Sacred Heart Catholic School’s Science Day.
Science Day video



Lisa Irish
The Daily Courier

When Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University freshman Josh Hammes asked students in Theresa Yslas' class at Sacred Heart Catholic School if they knew what gravity was, third-grader Angel Morado said, "Gravity holds us to the earth."

"Each planet has gravity on its surface, but the gravity is not the same," Hammes said as he passed a water bottle to a student. "If you weigh 100 pounds on earth, on different planets you might weigh less than 100 pounds or up to 236 pounds."

Hammes and other ERAU students in Sally Blomstrom's communications class spoke about scientific principles and did demonstrations for students at Sacred Heart Catholic School during their Science Day on Friday.

"We started this project five years ago, to engage our students in service to the community and to help children in elementary schools and after-school programs get excited about science," Blomstrom said.

The college students put what they'd learned in class into practice, making eye contact with the younger students, asking questions, preparing visuals, and using hands-on activities, Blomstrom said.

Ariel Cunningham, a third-grader, passed the Earth water bottle to another student with no problem, but her eyes widened, her arms dropped, and she sunk down when Hammes handed her another bottle and said, "This is how much it would weigh on Jupiter."

"This is really heavy," Ariel said.

"I don't want to go to that planet," Yslas said.

Science Day was the culmination of a series of activities to celebrate Catholic School Week, said Beverly Aviles, development director for Sacred Heart.

"We decided to have an all-day science enrichment to supplement what the students are learning," said Pamela Dickerson, the school's principal.

Sacred Heart students and staff dressed up as famous scientists including Rachel Carson and Jane Goodall.

Fifth-grader Zoe Zamudio said she was dressed as a veterinarian, while Kyler Litchfield, also a fifth-grader, portrayed a researcher who studied prostate cancer.

As Embry-Riddle student Randy Clark asked students what kind of magnets there are, Sarah Nishide, an Embry-Riddle freshman, had them test objects with magnets.

"Will a book attract a magnet?" Nishide asked.

"No, because it's not made out of metal," said Serene Aviles, a second-grader.

In other areas of the gym, students learned about liquids and solids as they played with slime, folded paper airplanes and raced them, and saw a gyroscope demonstration.

"It's great to have the college students talk to them, do demonstrations, and show them the success they can have in science careers," Dickerson said. "This is something we are going to do every year."






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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2013
Article comment by: So Good

KUDOS to Embry Riddle and their students for giving service to our community by using their educational skills to pass onto the younger generation!. All schools should jump on this band wagon! What a fun experience for the kids. Everyone wins on this one! Thank you so much.

Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2013
Article comment by: Like a coin that won't get tossed

Thank you Daily Courier, two days in a row leading with stories of what is possible, instead of stories pandering to those who seem to thrive on the impossible.
It appears that our young people are intelligent enough to recognize obstacles and they're doing the smart thing, leaving them out of the equation.




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