Lincoln-Way North High School sophomore Jasmin Calderon helps a future Phoenix look at a bug under a microscope at the school. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 15, 2013 6:03AM
Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort hosted more than 80 grade school students at the annual Science Family Night and Book Fair.
With the help of 40 high school students from the Environmental Action Club, Science Club, Science National Honor Society and science classes, teachers from L-W North’s science department led a series of lessons and experiments about minerals, energy and the habitats of native animals.
“We’re going to show you the most amazing transfer of energy ever,” Wes Cooley, L-W North physics teacher, told a group of students as they gathered around to see a Gummy Bear burst into flames when its sucrose-filled body came into contact with potassium chlorate.
In neighboring classrooms, biology teacher Scott McCreary showed students how to use microscopes to view bugs up close and chemistry teachers Elizabeth Hamann and Lauren Sick showed students how to make tie-dye shirts.
Forensics science teacher Elizabeth Conroy, with the help of Janette Bugajski and Nicole Karges, showed students the difference between a human hair and a rabbit hair by having them look at each one under a microscope.
In another classroom, science teachers Kendra Will and geologist Jim Bastian showed students how rocks tell stories about the past.
At the end of the evening, students met their parents in the school library for a book fair organized by Barb Elm, L-W North media supervisor.
Maria Wilson, science teacher and event organizer, said the program’s goal is to get children enthusiastic about science at an early age.