Young scientists: Fisher High School club turns grade schoolers on to the wonders of science

FISHER — The goal of Friday’s Science Extravaganza at Fisher Grade School was “to get a new generation excited about science.”

If the reaction by many of the grade school students is any indication, the Fisher High School Science Club, which sponsored the event, accomplished its goal.

The anatomy portion of the extravaganza appeared to be one of the favorite stops.

Kindergartner Malachi Dean said he learned “that the heart is as big as when we put our hands together.”

And he learned that the brain “has special parts in it.”

Fellow kindergartner Mirabella Melton said she learned that “girls’ hearts beat more than boys.”

She also learned that “your lungs, the left side is actually smaller than the right.”

Students were able to use stethoscopes to listen to people’s heart beat. And they were able to hold sheep hearts, which are similar in size to the human heart, according to club member Matthew Tobeck.

Teacher Emily Sandy, a Science Club co-sponsor with Michelle Wagner, said she thought the event “went very well.”

“We had very good feedback from the students and the teachers. Some students even asked when they could join Science Club, which I thought was cool.”

Besides the heart station, the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) challenge probably drew the most enthusiasm, Sandy said. The goal there was to make a working windmill from several supplies ranging from pipe cleaners to paper clips.

In another project, Skittles candy was placed in warm water, and students watched as the colors moved to the center of a plate.

“(The club members) talked about the light spectrum and how all of the colors are in white light,” Sandy said.

Students were then given a prism to look through, which enabled the white light viewing.

Another project involved placing a Glass jar over a lighted candle with water. Students observed water being sucked up into the jar.

Drawing from the Dr. Seuss book, “Bartholomew and the Oobleck,” students made a corn starch mixture.

“We explained the non-Newtonian substance,” Sandy said. “It goes between a liquid and a solid phase.”

Students also viewed a chemistry demonstration using a Ph indicator.

It marked the first year for the extravaganza by the 25-member club.

Club member Alayna Stalter said she enjoyed the event because it involved two of her favorite things — kids and science.

“I think it went pretty well,” said Stalter, who is in two science classes at Fisher High — honors human biology and honors chemistry — and plans to be an animal science major in college with a goal to major in veterinary medicine.

“Everybody really enjoyed doing stuff with the kids and getting people involved with science. It was really good start to  something we will have every year,” Stalter said.

She appreciated the questions and enthusiasm from the students.

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