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Family Science Night at East Literature Magnet Middle School

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 2:31pm

By guest author Madelyn Reyes, East Literature Magnet Middle School 8th grader

The Family Science Night opened with a short talk from the PTSO President. Afterwards there was pizza and drinks as well as snacks. Then, everyone headed off in different directions to rooms labeled Elephant Snot, Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream, Electromagnetism, Slime, Star Lab and many more activities featuring scientists from Vanderbilt University.

We learned how to make ice cream with liquid nitrogen. In the Elephant Snot demonstration, we learned that a catalyst is a substance that causes or accelerates a chemical reaction without itself being affected. The scientist with an electromagnet explained how a magnetic field works. In one room, we could make slime out of glue, borax, and food coloring. In another room, we found out how they use computers to find new drugs.

By 6:30 the auditorium was opened and everyone headed in to see the 8th graders science fair projects. The highlights of the room were a mouse in a maze and a hovercraft made by 8th graders.

To complete the evening, a scientist from Tennessee State University brought a live chicken and chicks that were not yet fully developed. There was also an inflatable planetarium or Star Lab. We all crawled into the planetarium for a show about the night sky. We learned how to find the North Star, among other things.

By 8 o'clock the evening had come to a conclusion and everyone went home. Eighth grade teacher, Mr. Josh Cooper, organized the event. We all had a great time and learned many new things, thanks to Mr. Cooper.

You should have been there, it was way fun!

Slime Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Elephant Snot TSU Chicken