Stevenson Elementary School’s annual science day was held outside.
For Science Day 2021 on October 6, nine stations were set up at Pierce Field, the park across from the school.
The program took place outdoors after being a virtual zoom event in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions, said Rich Granger, who helped coordinate the event presented by Stevenson’s PTO.
âThe idea is to immerse students in science,â Granger said. “We try to include activities that involve as many scientific fields as possible.”
Two sessions were held, with kindergarten and first graders in the morning and second and third graders in the afternoon.
Each activity was led by community volunteers, most of whom work in science-related fields, and representatives from Ohio State University and the PAST Foundation, a central Ohio organization that promotes education. K-12 STEM, said Granger.
âWe had a good program last year doing it through Zoom, but it’s definitely better to have been able to come back to a program in person,â he said. âWhen you do a video program, you talk to the students but you are not able to interact with them. And you miss that element of âhands-onâ participation for students. “
The students had the chance to do everything from learning how the brain works to creating their own bubbles and exploring the science behind music.
âOne of the things we want students to see is that science is part of almost everything you do and any career you might have,â Granger said.
âThe experiential learning aspect of Science Day is so invaluable to students,â said Stevenson principal Lisa Sullivan. “They learn science by doing fun science activities.”
Second-grader Sanad Almaani said he loved Science Day because it allowed him to learn new things, which is why science is one of his favorite subjects.
The brain zone station was “a little scary” but fun, he said.
âIt was interesting to know more about the brain and how it works,â he said.
Third-grader Jack Gusty said he enjoyed participating in the Halloween Zone, which involved filling a balloon with carbon dioxide.
âIt was cool to see the ball fill with air,â he said.
Science is one of his favorite subjects because there is always more to learn, he said.
His twin brother, Charlie, also enjoyed the hot air balloon activity.
âI really like chemistry,â he said. “I like to do small experiments that end with a small explosion.”
The balloon activity was also a favorite of first-grader Caroline Edwards, who said she liked the way science involved experiments.
âYou don’t know how it’s going to be, so it’s fun,â she said.
The event allows students to connect with a variety of sciences and possibly discover a new area of ââinterest, Sullivan said.
Granger said one of the most rewarding parts is watching a college student have an “aha” moment.
He said he had seen such a moment from a student at the Robot Zone activity.
The students drew their own code on paper and watched a small robot follow the path they had created.
âAs she started going back to school, the girl just screamed with joy, ‘I love to code,'” said Granger. “I love to see that kind of enthusiasm.”