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Westpark Outreach

Tamira Howard
Westpark Curriculum night

Community outreach project

Being able to do projects with the younger kids was fun. When I was in grade school I remember SNHS coming to Westpark and doing a lab. I wanted to join SNHS because of that experience of them doing a small lab with us. Then when curriculum night came around I was excited. We got to choose which small lab to show the students. The lab I chose was to tie dye index cards, when the kids would take a seat they’d look at the shaving cream and food coloring in a weird way. But after mixing the colors and putting the index card in the mixture, and wiping off the colored shaving cream off the index card. The students were satisfied to see a colorful index card. I loved having to be able to show them something easy and fun, but very messy worth it though, because on my hand there was a small butterfly made out of the of colors.


Westpark Science Activities

Jessica Hicks

Westpark Curriculum Night

I participated in the curriculum night held at Westpark Elementary to educate students about science with fun activities. Some of the other students ran a demonstration on burning different elements and showing the elementary school students how they burn in different colors. The station I helped in was about food coloring and shaving cream. We showed the students how shaving cream and food coloring don’t mix well, so you can swirl it into fun patterns and designs. Then, because paper absorbs the dye easily, laying a paper over it and then removing the cream results in a cool card that they could then use as a bookmark. The experience of teaching kids a little bit about science and having a fun activity was really cool. My favorite part was seeing kids’ reactions to seeing their paper for the first time. I participated in this curriculum night because it is always fun to teach younger kids and take part in a fun activity. I think this was an important event to be a part of because it’s a great way to get younger kids interested in learning about science in fun ways, and I had a good time.

Curriculum Night at Westpark

Westpark elementary school hosted curriculum night on November 2nd and invited the YHS chapter of Science NHS to attend.  Several students traveled to the elementary school to demonstrate fun science!

Science NHS had two stations that students and their families could visit.  The demonstrated how different elements burn different colors in a flame test.  Arianna and Levi burned copper ions, strontium ions, and barium ions to produce flames of green, bright red, and yellow.  They explained how the different colors let scientists identify elements and make fireworks!

The second station allowed students to be more hands-on.  Maddie, Tamira, David, Kiara, and Jessica allow set up shaving cream with small drops of food coloring in it.  Because shaving cream and food coloring don’t mix well, you can create some fun looking patterns.  Paper and food coloring mix really well, so those fun tie-dyed colors make some very cool looking cards!  The Science NHS members could explain that shaving cream has lots of nonpolar parts while food color and paper have more polar parts.  Since food coloring and paper are more similar, they mix better.  This fun bit of science makes for some super colorful creations!

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Thanks to Westpark Elementary school for letting us share our love of science.

ASU Trip

Levi Wakeham

We recently took a trip to Arizona State University, where me and ten other SNHS members were educated on the fascinating science of anthropology, and discussed just what we can expect when we ourselves head off to college.

Arriving at the campus of ASU was a whole other experience in and of itself. Last summer, I had the opportunity to explore the ASU campus when I participated in the CCLI annual camp that goes on every summer at ASU. But the University this time around had a whole new vibe, due to all the college students traveling from class to class and the overall lively mood. The whole school had a great atmosphere that felt very welcoming and friendly.

For the first half of the session, the speaker, Amy, went into depth on all the different topics of anthropology, how still studying bones and fossils today is important, and how anthropology is still being used today. It was great learning about how we as the human race came to have the skeletal structure we have today. The whole lecture was extremely interesting and Amy was able to answer any questions we may have had.

The second half of the session we were able to ask questions ranging from how to study for a college exam, to what social life is like while living on campus. Amy responded with great answers and answered any questions we had very well. It was cool hearing it from someone who had just recently gone to college themselves. Overall, the whole thing was a blast and I learned a lot about the college experience, and the science of anthropology.


Once again YHS SNHS students headed to ASU to talk with graduate student Amy Peterson about her work studying human origins. Eleven SNHS students listened as Amy talked about her research, her interest in human origins, and her experiences in college during the hour long meeting.

Arianna Paul, Emily Beringhelli, David Griffin, Fernanda Valenzuela Vazquez, Anastasia Battes, Levi Wakeham, Kiara Rivas, Tyler Adams, Takila Moore, Victor Serna, and Judith Beltran listening to Julie Russ talk about Lucy

When we first arrived at the Institute of Human Origins at ASU, assistant director Julie Russ introduced us to Lucy, or rather her origins and how her finding helped build the program at ASU.

Amy then took over and walked us through the different skulls she had out. She told us about their origins, their age, and how scientists are still working with some specimens to determine how they fall in our family tree.

She discussed her own interest in pelvic development in females as humans evolved and how our need for bipedalism needed to match our need for fitting shoulders and heads through a birthing canal. Her research sounds pretty interesting!

Students were allowed to touch and examine the skulls and casts to see the features for themselves.

Kiara Rivas examining a skull

Students also asked her questions about college, how college is different from high school, and what they should except. Amy gave them some great advice: it will be harder than high school but it is very fun once you figure it out. Also, go to class and really read the syllabus (seriously!).

Big thanks to Amy and Julie for taking time to talk to us! And big thanks to my dad ( pictured below in the red hat) for helping me chaperone!


Levi Wakeham, Anastasia Battles, Fernanda Valenzuela Vazquez, David Griffin, Takila Moore, Emily Beringhelli, and Ray Doskocil listening to Amy Peterson talk about her research

Elementary Science

By Jasmin Aviles
Community Outreach Project
For my community outreach project (2015-2016 school year) I decided to go to the Sundance Elementary school science fair. Ourjob was to grade all the science fair projects the kids had made. I decided to do this because I wascurious to see all the different ideas the kids had to offer and how they would relate those ideas withscience. I feel like this helped the community in a way that the children are able to see the grades theygot and learn about the mistakes they made and how they can fix them to get a better result next time. Ithink it is important to always keep learning more about science because everything that surrounds us isinvolved with science and it’s amazing to be able to learn about how those things work and came to be.Now that I have completed my part, I feel happy that I was able to help those kids better understand theconcept of science.

Teaching Kids

Ms. Doskocil


11 December 2015

Community Outreach Project

Teaching Buckeye Elementary

Teaching the kids of Buckeye Elementary really opened my eye on a lot of things. From the teachings skills required to make sure students learn the subject topic, the information needed to back up any questions that may be asked, and a lot more on the topic that I was actually teaching. For the first class, I felt that everything was extremely scrambled and unorganized; mostly because it was our first class to teach, and there was not a set plan to teach those students. Not only that, I forgot that the students get to ask questions, and was not expecting anyone to ask us to elaborate on how the fire got put out by the carbon dioxide, or even where the carbon dioxide came from.

This experience taught me that there has to be an ignite for a fire to start, and this all taught me everything needed to make a fire, and what can be done to put out a fire. Not only did I learn from this experience, but I think the kids that we taught as a group learned much more than I did in that one day.