My Town: Memorial Science Extravaganza Promotes Creativity

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Sadie Sustasric ( courtesy-Brunswick Beat)

By Megan O’Connor, BEAT Reporter

BRUNSWICK, Ohio- Memorial Elementary hosted their Science Extravaganza on Friday, February 1, 2013. This was its 10th year running. All the grades had the option to participate. This year Mandy Clark, a fifth grade teacher, and Cheri Brown, a kindergartner teacher, were in charge.

In the past, the students would sign up and then choose an experiment from a list specific for that grade. However, this year, Clark and Brown decided to let the students come up with their own experiments. Each experiment had to be approved by the teachers and parents had to sign permission slips.

There were many experiments from the classic volcano to a fizzy fountain, and even one where you got to eat a cupcake. Fifty students participated, with the largest group represented from kindergarten.

Many students, parents, grandparents and teachers attended. One parent, Beth Nemcek, whose son, Ethan, and daughter, Rayna, participated this year, stated that the Extravaganza is, “A great opportunity for kids to get excited about science at an early age.”

It was a lot of fun seeing all the experiments and learning new things, and the kids enjoyed showing their projects. Ms. Brown summed up the evening perfectly by stating “everyone’s a winner!”

Megan O’Connor, a seventh-grader at Visintainer Middle School, is one of over thirty “backpack journalists” in the award-winning Brunswick Schools Video Program. The Program is sponsored by RPM, Plum Creek Assisted Living Community, Medina Hospital and Lorain County Community College/University of Akron at Midpoint Campus. For more information on the program click here.