Six MOST (Meaningful Out of School Time) kids and five parents parents participated in Family Fun Day, February 22, 2017. Kids with their parents split into three groups and pretended to be “Little Scientists.”
One group consisted of John Witchey, his mother, Ash Boos and stepfather, Josh Severson. Their activity was making a String Phone, and then testing fishing line, string, and yarn, along with a cup, to see which item made the cups (phone) work. All the items were supposed to work, but as we all know, sometimes activities do not. That is all right, because that is how scientists learn. Speaking into the cup was supposed to create sound waves that would convert into vibrations at the bottom of a cup. Then the vibrations would travel along the string and convert back into sound waves at the other end of the string.
Case and Coby Young, their mother, Savannah; Karyssa Meidinger and her mother Amanda were in the group that made Glowing Water using a black light, tonic water, a highlighter and a dark room. Their activity was a success. The ultra violet (UV) light coming from the black light excited things called phosphors contained in the tonic water and the dye from the highlighter. Phosphors turn UV light into visible light. That is why the water glowed in the dark when the black light shined on it.
Group three made Fake Snot using gelatin, corn syrup and water. Jake and Lily Kramer and their mother, Katie found out that snot (mucus) is made mostly of sugars an protein. The sugar and protein they used to make their fake snot are different from the sugars and proteins in the real thing. Stirring the mixture of gelatin, corn syrup and water created long, fine strings of protein strands. These protein strands make snot sticky and capable of stretching.
Kids did these “Little Scientists” kits with their parents to show them some of the things done while they are at MOST.