Amity Engages Young Guests In Science Experiments
If it was up to the fifth graders in the three Amity towns to choose a president from a pool consisting of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump, they would choose Hillary Clinton (39.2%), closely followed by Donald Trump (34.5%) and Bernie Sanders (26.4%). However, they were not asked to choose from name recognition. Instead, they heard statements from each of the candidates on immigration, healthcare and the economy, and were then prompted to vote for A, B or C, depending on whether they agreed more with one or the other.
This social studies experiment was part of STEAM Day activities June 1 at the high school, incorporating the Arts as a science with STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Amity High School students, under the leadership of science research teachers Dameon Kellogg and Deborah Day, had set up interactive booths in the small gym, where they showcased experiments relating to either of the disciplines.
The fifth graders, those from Orange in the first wave, then those from Bethany and Woodbridge, circled through the exhibits, getting their “passport” stamped at each booth. A steam train signal prompted them to move on to another station. Behind the school, the Marine Biology class had set up a children’s pool to demonstrate a remote-control underwater robot.
United Illuminating had a booth where students could design wind turbines and experiment how different blade materials could influence its efficiency. At another station they could find out which material is best for a baseball bat — wood, metal or a composite — by using a simulator on a computer. By flipping a coin they learned about probability, and Social Studies teacher Rick Bourdeau had his group cover their eyes and snake dance around the room to experience sensation and perception.
The students were clearly engaged as they crowded around each booth. Amity Curriculum Director Dr. Marie McPadden was pleased with the engagement the event generated. “We hope it will be a yearly event,” she said.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent