Dry Ice, Graduated Cylinders, Test Tubes, and Science in the Summer at Pratt

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By Jessica Hoptay Brown

It’s no secret that we’ve got literacy covered at the Pratt. Books and media are kind of our thing. What might be a surprise to some is that we’re also doing science in the library! Hands-on, real life science, complete with test tubes, graduated cylinders, goggles, and yes, even some experiments with dry ice.

SIS LogoAll of this science fun is happening at Pratt thanks to a program called Science in the Summer sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and funded by GlaxoSmithKline.

Because of this incredible program, Pratt kids are getting a chance to experiment as true junior scientists. They’re using lab tools and materials that they might not otherwise see until high school or even college. This summer’s session is all about Chemistry. SIS Dry Ice BubblesCheck out teacher Sharon Denney demonstrating what happens when you mix dry ice, soap, and water.

The program is broken down into two age groups: one session for rising second through third graders, and another for rising fourth through fifth graders. The program runs for one hour over four days at Roland Park, and for two hours over two days at both Hampden and Patterson Park. You can check out the schedule by clicking here. Please keep in mind that registration is required and class size is limited.

What I remember most about science as a kid is that it felt like a lot of magic to me. There’s a certain amount of wonder wrapped up in Science in the Summer, but what’s more, we have experienced science teachers running the program, which means that they are helping explain the magic and the “why” of science. All of this magic and wonder is shaping our next generation of scientists, innovators, and engineers.

Watching the Science in the Summer kids experience dry ice bubbles reminds me of when my fifth grade science teacher made a liquid nitrogen geyser (it’s as cool as it sounds, trust me). What are some of your earliest memories of the magic of science? Would you like to see even more science programming for kids at Pratt?

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