Parent-led science lesson

Parent-led science lesson photo

Parent volunteer Paxton Provitera visited three classrooms on February 11 at Barnum Woods Elementary School to give physical demonstrations on various science topics.

Mr. Provitera came prepared with models, supplies and props to showcase the many different ways in which science is everywhere as well as the fun it presents. He also supplied each student with their own lab coat and gloves to make the lesson hands-on. 

One of the demonstrations illustrated the way mountains form by using cool whip, graham crackers and water. Other exhibits, included lessons on how lungs work in a human body, how the esophagus moves food in the body and how a hydro lift moves up and down.  Visual models were created through the use of household items. 

The lesson concluded with the grand finale, which showed how a volcano works. Students were excited to watch vinegar go through a water bottle and mix with baking soda to create a mini-explosion that simulated a volcanic eruption.

“We thank Mr. Provitera for providing a visual and exciting science lesson for our students,” said second-grade teacher Barbara Vicino.