PLAS fifth graders get tour of Halloween Monster Lab

Published 11:03 pm Monday, November 1, 2021

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Fifth graders at Pike Liberal Arts School learned first-hand that science isn’t all that spooky — and, in fact, science is really pretty cool.

The students had an opportunity to participate in Pike Liberal’s sixth annual Halloween Monster Lab and had some interesting reactions to a wide range of chemistry experiments.

The Halloween Monster Lab was created by the Patriot’s 11th grade chemistry class to get younger students interested in science.

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“We wanted to share the fun of science with younger kids,” science teacher Alissa Jordan said. “A lot of them have never seen a lab. They also look up to the older kids and this was an opportunity for the older kids to set a good example. If we can get young kids excited about science, they’ll show more interest in it. Advance science classes take a lot of work, but we want to show these kids there is more to it than a lot of paperwork.”

During the lab, about 240 students were able to get some hands-on experience with chemistry.

Jordan said the advanced chemistry class put a lot of work into the lab. Jordan said she assigned labs to each group of students and then the students had to come up with a theme, demonstration and script for their lab. She said there was also some paperwork involved for the older students — they had to write  a research paper as well.