• Science Night Out
     


    All four schools combined to create a phenomenal night of hands on science.  Twenty one stations of interactive learning activities filled the Nine Mile Falls Elementary gym for Science Night Out. This event was a collaboration of the District's Science Committee and area organizations to give parents and kids the opportunity to experience science concepts and learn about careers in science. Their hard work and creativity paid off on Thursday, February 12, when families turned out in force.

     At the Calcite Station, Mrs. Marcie Norstadt (with help from her students) assisted parents and students in an experiment to identify the mineral calcite in rocks.  Using vinegar, limestone and basalt were tested.  "The limestone bubbled so it has the calcite," stated a second grader. The Pencil Challenge had students trying to balance a pencil on its point on a craft stick using wire and clothespins.  "I wrapped it around on the end on the very bottom and carefully put it on,"  shared one successful first grader. 

    Lakeside High School students used different colored "sprinkles" to demonstrate the effects of manure, fertilizers, and pesticides on our water shed.  Participates shook the "sprinkles" on a replication of a neighborhood, then used a spray bottle to simulate rain.  Participants watched as the sprinkles ran-off, polluting a lake.  At Mr. Steve Olsen's Chemistry station, marshmallows were instantly frozen with liquid nitrogen, while igniting hydrogen balloons added a bang to the night!

    Fifth graders from both elementary schools were on hand to demonstrate their science units.  Mr. Lefler' class led hands on investigations on landforms and stream tables, as well as flight.  One fifth grader stated he was amazed to learn how water can carve very deep canyons.  Mrs. Brezinski's class showed their engineering design skills.  They had studied the range of motion for a healthy knee, then were challenged to build a brace to enable an injured knee to have the same capabilities.  This is part of the STEM biomedical engineering unit.
     
    Two very astute first grade scientists tried to trick LMS science teacher Mrs. Jeana Simpson at their station.  She was challenged to pour small vials of colored liquid into different sized containers.  They then asked her, giggling, which container had the most liquid. "It's a trick," one admitted.  While the shape of the container may have made it look like one had more liquid, they were all the same.  The first graders were learning about properties of liquid and volume.  Luckily, Mrs. Simpson figured it out!
     
    Several agencies brought displays and learning activities:  AVISTA, The National Weather Service, the Lands Council, Stevens County Conservation District, the Department of Ecology, WSU Pharmacy, and Riverside State Park.   With their help, students and parents learned  how science curriculum can translate into careers.  At Science Night Out, parents and students experienced the excitement of science.