Molecule Mike – “Sounds Like Fun”
You can’t predict those purpose-affirming moments that often happen in classrooms. All it takes is one comment or thought-provoking question from a precocious student to remind you that making science fun and increasing science literacy is critical and impactful work.
During a recent in-school field trip for 2nd graders at Evergreen Charter School, a clever and brave student had a fantastic contribution to the program, “Sounds Like Fun”, that made my day and enhanced everyone’s experience. The parking lot was adjacent to the schools’ tree-level ropes course and every adult I spoke to let me know where fresh coffee could be found so I knew this would be a good day!
While breaking down sound as vibrations and how our ears translate vibrations into something our brains understand, I use a tuning fork as a visual/audible aid. A student raised his hand to share an experience he had using a tuning fork. It is always a gamble asking for a student to contribute a related anecdote; relevance is subjective. This young man told our whole group about how doctors had used a tuning fork touched to his forehead to help study his hearing and provide the best hearing device which he received the previous week. How cool! I told him, what a great example of vibrations and the tiny bones that help us hear.
Sometimes being different in school can be tough. I think the experience shared by this student took at least a bit of courage, yet he offered it to help explain an abstract concept to peers and ended up being the star of the day. I appreciated his story so much, I shared it with the next class and anyone else who asked how my day went.
High Touch High Tech programs are great for engaging students’ imaginations with hands-on activities but nothing I prepared could have provided the emotional connection to the material this student shared. Students trust what kids their ages say which makes this a story I’ll use every time I teach “Sounds Like Fun”. Something a 2nd grader taught me. How cool!
Hello Scientist. The is “Meteor” Martin and we have had a fun and wonderful week working with the children at Wild Wood, Thales of Wake Forest, and Pleasant Grove Elementary Schools. Our lessons this week were “Sounds Like Fun” and “What’s the Matter”.
Sounds like Fun began with a discussion as to what Sound is and where it comes from. We discussed sound waves and how they travel and were able to SEE a sound wave and make different frequencies with the help of an oldie but goodie, the Slinky. I was then able to prove that sound comes from vibrations as each child was able to tap and listen to a tuning fork. Next, we covered how we hear with our ears and everyone made using a device that mimicked our ear using a cup as our ear canal, plastic wrap for the ear drum and salt was used in place of the ossicles ( hammer, anvil and stirrup). We then banged the tuning fork and put it near the cup so that we could see how the vibrations traveled from the fork down our ear and eventually makes it to our brain. We were also able to also make roaring cups that amplified sound from a string and finally made music with a rubber band and plastic container. The children loved each and every activity.
With What’s the Matter, we spoke about the three main states of matter (Solid, Liquid and Gas) the properties of each and what makes one different from the other. We also went over evaporation and condensation with our first experiment testing the volatility of three different liquids. The children were able to observe and communicate what the noticed and how one liquid will evaporate quicker than another. Our second experiment focused on the cohesion and adhesion of water molecules as the kids were able to “pull” water around a track from start to finish using a Popsicle stick with the water bubble staying intact. Finally, we introduced what a chemical change is and how it differs from a physical change as we made a polymer using glue, water and borax.
The Academy for Business & Technology Elementary School welcomes back High Touch High Tech of Detroit. Students over the past several years have taken part in High Touch High Tech’s fun & educational science experiences. Each experience has provided a hands-on, up close & personal interaction with science that they students really enjoy!
This year’s experiences include: “Newton in a Nutshell” for Kindergarten; “Weather or Not” for 1st grade; “What’s the Matter” for 2nd grade; “Sounds Like Fun” for 3rd grade; “Edison’s Workshop” for 4th grade; and “Up, Up and Away” for 5th grade. HTHT has customized each program to be grade appropriate & ensures the experiments relate to the science grade level content standards. In each program, HTHT Scientists will engage students in activities that not only teaches the science, but allows the student to experience the science & see the scientific concepts at work first-hand!
You too can experience the FUN of hands-on science with a High Touch High Tech workshop! If you are in the Detroit area including Macomb & Wayne Counties, contact :
High Touch High Tech of Detroit
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