The project I participated in was volunteering to pick up debris in the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Center with other members of Science National Honors Society. I helped the community by picking up many pieces of trash and cleaning up big portions of wreckage that was washed onto the dried up river. I chose to do this because I enjoy making a small difference in the world and helping to make it a better place. After completing my part, I felt very accomplished because I helped make a change that was significant to the community and worked together with a team to accomplish this task. I would definitely participate in a project like this one again.
Project website: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/rio-salado-habitat-restoration-area
Ana, Mackenzie, Eric, Jacob, and Erick doing the candle demo
On Valentine’s Day, 5 members of YHS SNHS visited Freedom Elementary School to spread some science love. Jacob, Eric, Ana, Mackenzie and Erick shared their knowledge about density with Mrs. Roland’s 7th grade science classes. The SNHS students demonstrated density by having the 7th grade students make observations about a small candle in water and a large candle in ethanol. The density of the candle compared to the ethanol makes the candle sink. However, the same candle floats when placed in water.
Candles in ethanol and water
The 7th grade students where then tasked with creating a density column using their new knowledge of density. The 7th grade students where given different colored liquids of different densities. They could then add them to a test tube in order of highest density to lowest density to create a colorful column. These columns are possible because a water solution with more sugar is more dense, causing the different layers to not mix!
Community Outreach Summary
The project I took part in was the Science Night at Westpark Elementary. A group of volunteers and myself went and set up some visual examples of science experiments. I was there helping in the demonstrations and discussions.
I joined this project because I thought how cool it would be to pass on the word of science in a fun and unique way. I wanted to help be a part of the reason why kids would find that interesting.
It helped the community in the way that it allows children to view science in a completely different way. Not in just equations and big words you can’t pronounce; but fun and mysterious puzzles which need to solved. I hoped it opened their minds and gave them an urge to want to learn more.
In my opinion, science is definitely important because it allows us to see things in a different perspective and approach them with an open mind because you never know what to expect or what you might discover.
I feel like after the whole experience, the children received the message of how science and actually be cool and fun. They got to see first-hand how science is everywhere around us.
On Wednesay, October 28th 5 members of Science NHS traveled to Buckeye Elementary school to engage Mr. Thomas Gibson’s 8th grade science in some science. Derric, Tatum, Kaley, Zach, and Sophia showed students a demo and walked then through a hands-on activity.
The SNHS students showed the younger students how gases can flow from one container to another. The Science NHS students did a demo where they mixed baking soda with vinager to create carbon dioxide. They could then pour the carbon dioxide out of the beaker over lit candles. The carbon dioxide, being heavier than air, flows down and puts out the flame.
Derric “pouring” carbon dioixde onto candles
Next the SNHS students walked the BES students through a hands-on activity using soap bubbles. The younger students created their own bubbles using different types of solutions: soap + water, soap + water + ethanol, soap + water + sugar, soap + water + corn syrup. They measured the time it took for the bubbles to pop. The high school students then explained why the corn syrup bubbles last the longest.
Tatum and Kaley blowing bubbles
All students really enjoyed day. The SNHS students enjoy sharing their knowledge about chemistry and high school. The BES students enjoy doing some fun science without having to write about it.
For my community outreach project, I went to WestPark with our club. We showed the eighth graders two projects: elephant toothpaste and cleaning pennies. Elephant toothpaste, was the experiment that we showed them first, the students didn’t participate in this project because it was too dangerous for them. They were still involved in the experiment, because they chose the colors we used and they were asking questions about the project. The second project we did was cleaning pennies, the students did this project and I think they had a lot of fun.
I joined this project, because I attended WestPark and I wanted to go visit. This was also the last project I could’ve gone to with SNHS, so I went to help show the experiments. Learning about science is important, because science is in everything you do every day. When you brush your teeth, the chemicals in the toothpaste make it the texture it is. When you sweat during the day, which happens because of science. It important to understand how everything happens. This project helps me learn more about science, because I actually learned a lot about the periodic table and so many chemicals.
For my community project, I chose to join a field trip to Westpark Elementary school to teach demos. I joined this trip because I had previously attended Westpark and greatly enjoy seeing the kids while they learn something new. I have always been a very outspoken and friendly person so teaching the kids proved no problem. Teaching these kids gives them a great idea of what they could be doing in high school and what amazing things you can do with science. Though this does not seem like a big idea, these kids see us students and get a greater idea of high school. This can even show a student that they may really want to pursue science in the future. The sooner that children are taught about science, the better our future scientists will become. I loved teaching these 8th graders in hopes of sparking that interest for science in them. Teaching has always been something that I have enjoyed and this was an amazing way to express that.
Community Outreach Paper (Fall)
The project that I attended was a trip to West Park Elementary School with a group of my SNHS peers to do demonstrations for multiple 8th grade science classes. I joined the project because it sounded fun to enrich our future SNHS members with the knowledge that Science is fun, and that AP Chem is hard. The helping the community part is, quite literally, the last sentence in this paper. Learning about science is important because it is literally a way to model the world; also, Math-y STEM jobs are your best bet to not be homeless, so you probably want to know more about science. After completing my duty, I felt an odd ambivalence towards the beliefs in my life. It was as if my entire life view had changed, and so when I got home I threw up from the massive influx of scientific view. All in all, it was a fun experience and I hope I can do another demonstration in my senior year of school.