, Corbin, KY

June 8, 2012

St. Camillus presents a Day of Science, Corbin, KY

CORBIN — Special to the Times-Tribune

Do you know how to create your own light bulb? Why does a can of coke sink when a can of diet coke floats?

That and more was exactly what the students in grades Montessori through third were learning May 18 at the first-ever St. Camillus Academy Science Museum (SCASM).

They weren’t learning from the teachers of St. Camillus, rather they were learning from their older classmates in grades four through eight.

As part of science class, the older students were challenged to select a concept and become a science teacher for the afternoon. Every student-teacher prepared a lesson plan, had vocabulary and a make-and-take activity for their students.

Many of the teacher-students donned lab coats to give a “scientific” impression while others wore “geek” glasses and mad hair. Three students became “Myth Buster, the Second Generation” and taught friction with a slip and slide.  

Polly Wilson, the science teacher for grades four through eight, said, “All year we’ve been focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics); encouraging students to think of careers in science fields. This is an excellent way to close the school year. Having the kids apply all that they have learned. It is certainly in line with the new Common Core Standards which the state will be implementing soon.”

Several of the first graders left chanting, “We love science! We love science!”