Children in Plymouth Elementary School would rather miss recess than science class these days.
A new lab program has created a hands-on process that makes science fun by de-mystifying such items as electrons. (Children can create them in the static electricity generated by simply rubbing a balloon in someone's hair.)Or they can chart improvement in the expected lifespan of Americans by using figures provided in the program.
Parents have joined teachers in presenting the exciting science course at Plymouth, Beehive, Granger, Twin Peaks, Valley Crest and Webster schools in the Granite District.
"We've had a very good response. We'd like to get as many schools interested as possible," said Elissa Richards, district science teacher leader.
The Wild Goose Lab program, developed in the Los Angeles area and now based in Sandy, gives teachers a lab book outlining suggested procedures. Parent volunteers set up the lab materials for the various grade levels and clean up after experiments.
Parents also provide many of the materials needed for experiments, such as baby food bottles, boxes, sand and other items.
Granite District has purchased rights for the program and can modify it as needed to meet particular school requirements, Richards said. The lab books are simplified so teachers can easily present material even if they have no science background.
Each experiment involves students from beginning to end to teach them a scientific principle.