First and foremost, a big shout out to Susan Duffy (the committee chairperson and science guru), Wendy Halverson, Brandy Peterson, and Erica Johnson for all of the behind the scenes planning! None of it would have been possible if it weren't for them! We also appreciate all the help from parents organizing the stations after the PTO meeting, that made the set up so much easier!
Mrs. Boyer, along with Brandy's babysitter, did a nice job overseeing the Nature Station in the library. We had some tents, a campfire (thank you, Mrs. Chaney!), and leaf and animal print rubs in there. It was a nice, tranquil escape from all the excitement in the gym! (Thank you to all who contributed to the decor...and of course I got to use my fall leaves one more time! haha!)
Mrs. Hamm (another science enthusiast) and her sidekick oversaw the Color Chromatography Station. Children discovered that the color black is not really black, but a multitude of many colors! (Way cool!)
Mrs. Chaney, along with some of West Fargo High's finest science students, helped children determine the PH level of 7 different liquids. (There was even some graphing being done...nice job incorporating some math in there too!)
Susan Duffy, Anne Keller, and more of those enthusiastic high schoolers led the most popular (and probably the messiest...lol) station....DINOSAURS! I mean, what 1st and 2nd grader doesn't LOVE dinosaurs!!! There was a fossil dig and so many cool things to see and do, I can't even remember them all! I think my son spent the majority of the night at that station!
Mrs. Buerkley (the former Miss Linn) helped out at the Pumpkin Station. Students used many forms of measurement to record the sizes of various pumpkins.
Mrs. Storman and Mrs. Christensen had one of the more challenging stations, the Sink or Float Station. The children made boats out of aluminum foil and then, after placing their boats in the water, they began adding pennies to see how many pennies it would take to sink their boat. Once that was determined, they recorded the results on a chart and could view how many pennies it had taken other children as well.
Mrs. Hanson helped children use senses other than sight to make discoveries at the Senses Station. The children used their hands to feel what was in the socks (that were in the cups). They made their predictions and then checked to see if they were correct.