Today there was plenty of action to be seen and heard at the Escuela República de Francia in Pozos, Santa Ana. Popping of corks shooting across the yard to loud exuberant cheers, a volcanos of hot foam, eggs magically dropping into narrow necked beakers and more. Was this a magic show? Well yes and no. This was no ordinary magic show!
Science and math whizzes: Ramon, Dingyan, Charles, Xunan and Manoj provided a magic show that was out of the ordinary, much to the delight of their young audience. This was science and maths made fun. After dazzling the students with tricks that seemed to defy logic, the boys explained the tricks to the kids with clarity and in simple ways, using presentations with diagrams that showed their natural teaching abilities.
I asked Jeff Norris, their teacher supervisor, what the secret to this amazing show was and he admitted that he had been providing some behind the scenes guidance in the preparation stages in the early part of the week.
This group showed their adaptability by coping with last minute changes to their plans, rescued by lab technician Kim Krause, who made contact with the teachers at Escuela República de Francia, who were very welcoming hosts.
“I personally really enjoyed this project week. I did my presentation about one of my favourite puzzles – the rubik’s cube, and one experiment called elephant toothpaste which I had been eager to do for a long time! I am also happy to share my preference and knowledge of science and math with the elementary school kids. The students in that school also showed their great interest in science itself. Their laughs and commitment in response to my demo made me feel every effort is worthwhile.” Dinyan
Watch the excitement unfold below…. click on the photo to advance the slideshow……see the videos below
PS: just posting this temporarily here until it can be shifted to the college blog