I love to watch actual students doing actual experiments, and my college students and their screaming balloons turned an ordinary writing lab into a writing AND science lab!
Starting at the Stonegate Arts and Education Center in Bedford, Indiana, my Ivy Tech students and I ended our writing lab by discussing how writers sometimes have to describe something in an unusual way. Mention was made of the South African vuvuzela of soccer World Cup infamy, and so my aspiring writers created this sound with balloons and hex nuts.
Incidentally, the Stonegate Arts & Education Center is an Ingress portal, in case you might be interested in that. And I hope you are.
That was all on Wednesday afternoon. Thursday night my students at Ivy Tech at Springs Valley Learning Center in French Lick, Indiana had this same lesson. Different town, different students, same concept. Similar reactions. Even the facial expressions were similar!
It’s not just little kids who love science, you know. College students and adults love science, too!
Steve Spangler warned me to bring earplugs to class this past week. I should have taken his advice!
Jane Goodwin is a professor of expository writing at Ivy Tech Community College, a hands-on science teacher for College for Kids, a professional speaker and writer, and a social media liaison for Steve Spangler Science. She wanted to be a ballerina and an astronaut, but gravity got the better of her.