An after school program proves that science is fun, even when the class is held on Saturday.
Most of the 90 youngsters who came out Saturday for Exploring Science Together at First State Community Action Agency in Georgetown Delaware had so much fun, they didn’t even realize they were “doing science,” said Joe McCarron, co-coordinator of the La Casita after school homework program and one of the event planners.
McCarron and his colleague, Mark Chamberlin, have been involved with after school homework programs for years. In September, McCarron decided to make every Friday a day filled with science.
The reason, he said: “that’s where the jobs are.”
So Saturday, La Casita teamed up with the Delaware Prevention Network Afterschool Program and with the Girl Scouts, La Casita teachers and the outreach team from the Delaware Nature Society’s Abbott’s Mill site near Milford. Together, they created a science fair with hands-on activities that explored the density of liquids, architecture, biology, chemistry and rocket science.
The children were arranged in teams and went from station to station to learn what to look for in a skull to determine if the animal ate only meat, only plants or a combination of both. Here’s a hint. The meat eaters have really sharp, pointy-teeth.
Meanwhile, Mary Bixler, with the Girl Scouts, taught the older children how to make a solar car. The younger ones made a vehicle powered by the air in a balloon.
And Jason Beale, with the Delaware Nature Society, taught them about the insects they might find in a stream in their own backyard.
“Many of us have been trained to believe that insects are a bad thing,” he said. But some insects help scientists know whether stream water quality is good or declining, he said.
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