Augustana hosts Grade 6 science extravaganza
Posted on December 3, 2014 by Christopher Thrall
On Nov 5, Augustana hosted Charlie Killam students for a full day science-themed field trip.
On November 5, Augustana Campus hosted 140 grade 6 students from Charlie Killam School to participate in a full day science-themed field trip.
The event, organized by Augustana’s Learning ~ Advising ~ Beyond (LAB) office and Charlie Killam Principal Thomas Midbo, gave students the opportunity to learn more about various science topics in an exciting new setting: the university.
In small groups, the grade 6s attended different sessions throughout the day that introduced them to many themes in science, from chemistry to biology to physics.
Many sessions were led by Augustana students through the university’s Community Service-Learning (CSL) program, which is a way for students to gain knowledge, experience, and course credit by working in the community. Additionally, the grade 6s benefited from the expertise of Augustana professors who prepared demonstrations.
The Director of LAB, Dr. Karsten Mündel, welcomed the students to campus with a high energy game that had them spelling out “AUGUSTANA” and doing the wave, followed by a tour of campus.
Environmental science CSL students developed sessions to teach the grade 6s about how paper airplanes fly, what we can learn from animal scat, and the importance of conservation for owls. University students in psychology created activities to get the students thinking about where their food comes from, the energy that powers our lives, and how to be sustainable by upcycling something old into something useful. Professors Dr. Kariuki and Dr. Rempel amazed the students with a chemistry magic show, and Dr. Terzin dazzled them with an incredible display of insect diversity and beauty.
Augustana students appreciated the opportunity to share in the grade 6s’ enthusiasm.
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