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Posted on Jan 29, 2015

Mountain View students give crowd hands-on science lesson

At Mountain View Elementary School’s Science Night, kindergartner Mia Lesure blew the crowd away with a science experiment that mixed candy and pop.

In her experiment, Mia added Pop Rocks to a soda, causing a balloon attached to the soda bottle to inflate during the sweet chemical reaction.

It’s the carbon dioxide that’s released that inflates the balloon, the junior scientist explained.

Mia Lesure mixed Pop Rocks with soda to create a chemical reaction that releases carbon dioxide and inflates the balloons.

Mia Lesure mixed Pop Rocks with soda to create a chemical reaction that releases carbon dioxide and inflates the balloons.

“My favorite part is making the balloons blow up,” Lesure said. “It’s carbon dioxide that does it. I like science. I like that you get to learn about it.”

Last week’s Science Night featured 18 science projects that were presented by Mountain View students. Students from kindergarten through the third grade participated in the science show.

Enrichment teacher Jamie Nash said the object of the evening was for kids to explore science experiments with their parents and then make predictions and test hypotheses.

“I am impressed with the engagement in exploring science ideas,” Nash said. “I am impressed with the vocabulary they are learning and how well they can share with their peers.”

Joining in the evening was Mia’s older brother Lane, a first-grader. Lane took a messier approach to science. He made oobleck, which is the substance created by combining cornstarch and water. When the oobleck is at rest in the pan it is firm. When it is moved, it becomes runny and gooey.

Siblings Emma and Conner Galloway also participated.

Emma, a second-grader, did an experiment involving a taste test to see if the eyes could fool the taste buds. Conner presented an experiment placing pennies in an aluminum foil boats to see which boat floated the longest.

“Science is lovely,” Emma said.

Another student, second-grader Melany Alcaraz, found her “color explosion” experiment online with her mother.

Just by putting a little whole milk in a pan, along with four drops of food coloring and a dab of dishwashing soap, the colors blended and spiraled together for a result that was both a lesson in science and art.

“I liked this project because when you dip the soap inside ,the colors explode,” Alcaraz said.

 

— By Tammara Green, QVPR contributor

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