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Green Elementary and The Lawrence Hall of Science Host “What’s Matter” Festival

January 20, 2011

The Lawrence Hall of Science, Green Elementary’s PFC and an enthusiastic group of parent volunteers and teachers teamed up to make science fun Thursday night at the “What’s Matter” Festival. This successful event builds on last year’s “Art of Math” festival (also hosted in conjunction with The Lawrence Hall of Science).

Upon entering Green Elementary’s multi-purpose room, each student became a scientist and worked through multiple stations, filling in a “Scientist Notebook” along the way. Each notebook taught the students to make observations, record observations, measure and record data and make conclusions and/or design a new experiment. Students were also treated to science demonstrations by Lawrence Hall of Science volunteers.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields have been the focus of significant attention in Dublin education, with Dublin High recently launching an Engineering Academy and the Dublin Unified School District proposing a STEM program for Fallon Middle School.

Interactive science activities included:

  • How does water change phases?
  • Solid, liquid, or gas?
  • Weight vs. shape
  • What is air?
  • Is it conductive?
  • Is it magnetic?
  • Up close
  • Make your own Mohs Scale
  • Bigger things, smaller parts
  • Do fizzing gasses weigh anything?
  • Can air move things?
  • Does air take up space?
  • Does air weigh anything?
  • Sink or float?

The Lawrence Hall of Science, established in 1968 at the University of California – Berkeley, is a renowned resource center for preschool through high school science and mathematics education, and a public science center with exciting hands-on experiences for learners of all ages.