GRANBY – Slime, non-Newtonian liquid, water-filled plastic beakers and a milk molecule experiment were just a few of the science stations that attracted dozens of families to the Granby Elementary School Parent-Teacher Group’s inaugural Science Night.
Held recently in the school cafeteria, attendees enjoyed about 14 stations of hands-on activities to explore how science is fun. PTG co-president Fallon Cooper said several Granby parents and teachers were looking for new ways to get the students, in grades pre-kindergarten through six, interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) topics.
“Hopefully when they go home now, their parents will do science experiments at home with them too,” she said.
The slime station was the most popular one, as children patiently waited in line to mix water, glue, Borax and food coloring to make a bright, gooey activity.
Other stations included science color sheets, walking water (colored water travels from cup to cup with the help of absorbent paper towels), representatives from Girls Who Code, MeeperBOTs (programmable remote controlled Lego-based robots), magnets and solar system puzzle.
Karen Murdoch, Granby sixth grade teacher, manned the plastic measuring tools section, which was good practice for the upcoming New York State test.
Fourth graders, she said, must know how to measure on the upcoming assessments so the fun night was also educational.
Cooper said the free event aimed to engage families in learning together.
The PTG will review the event’s successes and strongly consider making it an annual event.