Mad scientists at work
by TP staff
Oct 31, 2012 | 2482 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Mad science at North School
Hailey Garcia (left) and Kayla Villagran sift through a polymer based instant snow at the North School mad scientist lab on Wednesday, Oct. 31.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Slime and ghost’s blood played roles in some of the creepy science projects in North School’s “mad scientist’s lab” on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

For the third year, seventh- and eighth-grade science students demonstrated hands-on experiments in physics, optics and chemistry with a Halloween twist for younger pupils at the 2875 Holly Drive school.

A bucket of ooblek — a mixture of cornstarch and water — stood in for a slime pit waiting for students brave enough to stick in their hands.

Another experiment referred to as ghost’s blood showed how acidic and basic substances can reveal a hidden shade of red on paper, and a ping pong ball was levitated with a straw to show aerodynamic principles.

Science teacher Shelley Ontis said the series of Halloween science experiments has become a popular tradition and an easy way to get younger students interested in science.

Nearly 600 kindergarten through sixth-grade students went through the lab Wednesday, Ontis estimated.

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November 01, 2012
Shelley Ontis is a wonderful teacher! Each year she gives the kids a special treat that they love and enjoy! My kids absolutely loved it this year! Thank you, Shelley Ontis!!!

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