Elementary and high school students at Union Colony started working together on the first day of chemistry at the school

Salamae Trueman did not care that the magic wand exploded on his shirt and made it the most luminous object in a darkened classroom full of glasses, test tubes and, yes, magic wands, at the Union Colony Elementary School. No, Thursday was chemistry day at Union Colony, and the fifth grade was having too much fun to be disturbed.
The experiment with the magic wand was one of six that the fifth-grade groups of the Union Colony revolved all morning, led by chemistry students of the tenth grade of the high school of the Union Colony.
"I just like the idea of ​​having kids entertain on science," said Cathy Hoyt, the high school chemistry teacher who organized the event.
Hoyt rebounded from room to room in a tinted lab coat, evidently amused. In the magic wand room, the students opened the magic wands, threw them into test tubes and mixed them with different acids and bases to see how those chemicals shimmered or softened. Then, the children dipped the glow-filled tubes into a beaker of hot water, and, well, Salamae explains:
"My favorite part was when they put it in the bathtub thermamajig and changed the colors."
After the flashes came on, the high school students distributed the coffee filters for the next experiment. A child reacted to the filters with joy: "Coffee!"
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"You're too young for coffee," Abi Rodriguez, one of the high schools, answered with a laugh.
The children colored the coffee filters with markers, then folded them and dipped their tips into the water. As the water soaked the coffee filters, it broke the color molecules and the ink changed the colors. This is chromatography.
In another room, the children have learned to know the magic sand, so finely ground that once immersed in the water it is grouped inside the air pockets and remains completely dry, while a high school student patiently explained to a fifth grade who could not get it. They made borax slime, polyvinyl alcohol, glitter and food coloring; the mixture was liquid until the children mixed it with an icicle stick, when it was immediately turned into slime.
In another experiment, stratified fluids for children - water, corn syrup, vegetable oil, alcohol, honey, mineral oil and dish soap - and their different viscosities let one liquid float on top of another. The children left different objects in the mix; the eggs floated, the grapes did not. They tried to make jokes to the teachers by mixing the mixture with the pencils and trying to get the teachers to touch them.
High school students conducted each stage of the experiments under the supervision of a small teacher. They were not all chemistry specialists, but they taught skillfully and patiently in the fifth grade. They are benefiting, said Hoyt, because many of the experiments conducted apply to the molecular chemistry they study later in the year. And it was simply fun. High school students did all the experiments ahead of time for practice.
"I love seeing children," said the tenth class Emily Rumsey. "They are as impressed as I am."
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