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On December 12, 2011, our school had a “Science Night”. These are some of the awesome activities we did that night. The Phoenix Zoo came to the school and brought 4 desert animals. The first animal they showed us was a desert tortoise. Then they showed us a cactus mouse, it was so cute and fuzzy. After that they showed us a gopher snake and a burrow owl.
Another project we did was “How To Make A Balloon Blow Up Without Your Hands Touching It”. The first step you do is to get an empty plastic water bottle, baking soda, a balloon and vinegar. Then you fill the bottle to the first line with vinegar. Then put baking soda in the balloon and put the balloon on the bottle.
Another project was to make tree cookies. We learned that the state tree has green bark and is called a Palo Verde tree. We also learned that if a tree is healthy it will fight of bad bugs, but if not it will die. If a tree gets hit by lightning, when you cut the tree you can see where it got hit.
We did one activity that generates energy. You crank and make power and light up a light bulb. We learned what a power plant does every day.
We also learned from a master gardener about many natural plants in our desert. There are some that you can eat and some that you can use to make medicine.
In one of the classrooms there was a test to see how good your brain works. In the test, they showed color words written in a different color than the word. We had to say the color of the word, not the word. It was very complicated. There were also many illusions on paper in the same room. An illusion is something that seems different than what it actually is. It was really cool!
We also went to see “Mr. Chemistry”. He demonstrated experiments with dry ice. One of the things he did was put a piece of dry ice into a container of red liquid and make it into carbon dioxide. He also poured carbon dioxide onto a lit candle and that caused it to go out. He also mixed carbon dioxide, water and dish soap to make a huge bubble. Thank goodness the bubble didn’t pop and splatter everywhere!
We also saw a butterfly and it had laid eggs in a plant. We found two caterpillars in the plant. We also saw a chrysalis. We also got to make seed balls. I rolled a seed ball. My brother put in 5 teaspoons of dirt stuff and I put in 2 teaspoons of seeds. We mixed it and rolled it. That was something fun to do!
There were many more activities kids could do at Science Night. It was a fun night of learning!
Do you have science night at your school? What activity would you have at your science night?