Science students build products with ‘atoms’

Posted: April 8, 2014 in Academics, Project-based Learning, Science

Cassidy Hoxeng
Cougar News Blog

Eighth grade science teacher Regan Roach recently had her advanced science classes break down the compounds and mixtures of a common household item to help them understand the chemistry of products they eat or use every day.
The students had to break down the elements, mixtures and compounds of products like pickles, coffee, chocolate, and vinegar. After doing so, they created models of each one. Many students used toothpicks and marshmallows to demonstrate their model.
Once the representation was created, they made a box for their atoms and formulate instructions on how to assemble them to create the original household item.
Roach wanted her students to learn to use science outside of school, and to incorporate it in the real world.
“I just think being able to take what you are learning and being able to apply it in your life, is a lesson every student needs to learn,” said Roach.
Students said they thoroughly enjoyed making their products and like hands-on projects more than book work.
“I had fun because I got to make a cool example,” said Rivera. “I learned mostly about basic elements and what they can make when you combine them.”
Roach was very proud of what her students produced.
“Most of the time, it far exceeds my expectations,” said Roach.

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