Assembly uses science to bring stories to life

Beatrice Gilmore and Charles Olbon students both enjoyed a pre-Halloween treat with a visit from the Science Tellers assembly program. Conrad Colón led the students through the story, “Aliens: Escape From Earth,” where he integrated the story with science experiments to bring key parts of the story to life.

The story is about two curious kids who venture into the forest to investigate a midnight meteor shower and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet. Pursued by a crazy space scientist, they must rescue the aliens and get them back to their spaceship before it’s too late.

Volunteer students assisted in some of the experiments. They turned a liquid into solid “worms” through a chemical reaction, launched a potato into the air using Boyle’s Law and made a flying rocket using two common household chemicals. During the experiments, Mr. Colón explained the physics and chemistry concepts.

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