June 8, 2012
Science Fun Day, an annual explosion of
science, at Quest Elementary; June 8, 2012
Every year students look
forward at Quest Elementary to the day-long series
of workshops, seminars and experiences which bring
up close and personal. From "Amazing
Awesome Animals," to "Those Amazing Flying
Machines," the day was eye-opening for many
Science Fun Day was held
Friday, June 8, 2012, for all students in grades
K-6 and coordinated by REACH teacher Greg Booth. Teachers, students and visiting
scientists presented workshops which permitted
students to explore the unique and universal
aspects of science in all its forms.
Students travel around the school building,
the nearby creek and outdoor classroom to learn about
science in our everyday lives. Among the presentations
was the K-9 Unit presented by Monroe County Sheriffs.
"Monte," a German Shepherd born in the Netherlands, but now
trained to work with the bomb squad, lives with his handler.
Deputy Wendy Malsegna explained to students how Monte was
trained and how he responds to commands.
In "Amazingly Awesome Animals," teachers Suzanne Pilon
allowed students to get up close and pet miniature ponies, a
pot-bellied pig, a rabbit, chickens, chicks, snakes, goats
Among the fascinating workshops were
demonstrations about basic science including buoyancy,
anatomy, plant physiology, mechanics, magnetism, propulsion,
temperature effects on solids and liquids, the world of nutrition, body systems, buoyancy, chemistry,
birds, chemical reactions, recycling, micro and nano-particles,
compost and scores of other concepts.
These demonstrations are led by local
science professionals, parents whose profession involve
science, high school students, teachers and Quest students.
The day is broken into six, 35-minute sessions in which
students travel from session to session throughout the day. Each session has numerous presentations going on at the same
time and they all focus on a science-related concept and
involve some sort of hands-on activity for the students. The
typical audience for each presentation consists of 15-20
elementary age students.
For further information, please contact
teacher Greg Booth
at 585-392-1000 ext 6195.