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Science Comes Alive with Community Engineers, Programmers, Experts


Students learn the difference between a physical and chemical change
Students learn the difference between a physical and chemical change

From the science behind a beautiful smile, to forces of flight and how liquid nitrogen works, Kentwood Public Schools elementary students got see, hear, touch and taste science at work recently, thanks to community partnerships.

The district recently hosted three Science (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Nights at Brookwood, Discovery and Southwood schools.

Grand Valley State University representatives helped by supplying the resources from their Regional Math and Science Center.

A Southwood student takes a very close look at geology
A Southwood student takes a very close look at geology

Engineers, programmers, professors and other experts came together to lead hands-on stations, immersing students in learning with activities from many areas of science.

Partners included representatives from Kent Career Tech Center’s Aviation Program and West Michigan Aviation Academy, who taught about the forces of flight; Swan Orthodontics, on the science of straightening teeth. Western Michigan University Core Kids brought rock and mineral samples and taught about fossils and fossil fuels. The Geek Group demonstrated 3D printers and physics lessons involving electricity.

Other guests were from Michigan State University Science Theatre and the East Kentwood High School Robotics Club and Reptile Club.

Crestwood Middle School teacher Wendi Vogel shows how chemistry is explosive, loud and fun
Crestwood Middle School teacher Wendi Vogel shows how chemistry is explosive, loud and fun

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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