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Fairley Students Conduct Experiments During Family Science Night

The Fairley Elementary School cafeteria turned into a bustling laboratory Monday, as students performed several experiments during the first-ever Family Science Night.

Precious Sterling and O’Ryan Palmer make a volcano using baking soda and vinegar during a recent Family Science Night at Fairley Elementary School.
Precious Sterling and O’Ryan Palmer make a volcano using baking soda and vinegar during a recent Family Science Night at Fairley Elementary School.

Dozens of budding scientists in kindergarten through fourth grades explored different projects set up throughout the cafeteria.

The stations incorporated a variety of scientific fields, such as physics, chemistry, earth science and biology.

“This is a great way for our students to learn about science in a fun, engaging way,” said Jessica Wakefield, president of Fairley’s Home and School Association, which sponsored the event. “It’s something hands-on and curriculum related. Plus, it’s a chance for parents and students to explore the projects together.”

Families perused a gemstone collection, examined slides under a microscope and viewed test tubes containing different specimens.

Fairley Elementary School third grader Chloe Kerst examines a slide under a microscope during Family Science Night on Monday.
Fairley Elementary School third grader Chloe Kerst examines a slide under a microscope during Family Science Night on Monday.

However, for many of the students in attendance, the best part of the evening was conducting experiments.

They made volcanoes using baking soda and vinegar, created slime, inflated a balloon with carbon dioxide, built circuits and made bottle tornadoes.

For fourth grader Chloe Joyce, the evening provided her a chance to delve deeper into her favorite area of study.

“Science is my favorite subject,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”