Science often can be a difficult subject for children to grasp, but Episcopal Day School science teacher Eleanor Taylor tries to make the subject fun for her pupils.
"Science was not fun for me when I was little," Mrs. Taylor said. "I wanted to see kids excited about science."
Episcopal Day School offers science enrichment classes for children age 3 through the second grade. The class includes several hands-on projects such as simulated volcanoes and rockets made out of straws and balloons.
"Students learn that science is fun and appears in all aspects of life," Mrs. Taylor said. "It's a different way of looking at the world."
On Friday, Mrs. Taylor's pupils learned the cause and effect of propulsion by making rockets.
Ten-foot strings were threaded through straws. Balloons were attached to the straws to simulate a rocket engine or jet propulsion system. Pupils released their inflated balloons in a race to see which one crossed the finish line first.
"The science experiment simulates how air pressure released pushes rockets," Mrs. Taylor said.
Pupils also learned to make a substance called space mud, which consists of household products. Space mud has a consistency that resembles a cross between slime and Silly Putty.
Susan Everitt, the director of public relations at the school, said the hands-on activities get the children excited about science.
"The classes introduce students to science in a fun way," she said. "If I had taken this class when I was young, I might have been a scientist myself."
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