Fun activities pique Stevenson Elementary students’ interest in science

Music teacher Brian Petit holds up a penny as he teaches students how to clean copper oxide off the coins using sodium chloride and vinegar Oct. 6 during All Science Day at Stevenson Elementary.

To Jessica Fields, the secret to making science more appealing to elementary students isn’t complex, although the formula might include a bit of rocket science.

The All Science Day held Oct. 6 at Stevenson Elementary in Grandview Heights offered students a day full of science activities.

“We try to give them a variety of fun, hands-on science activities,” said Fields, the school’s 21st-century learning coach.

“All Science Day is designed to get students thinking about what it means to be a scientist and how they think it would be to be a scientist.”

Second-grader Scarlett Jump matches a floral card with its proper habitat while learning about U.S. National Parks.

The variety of activities also helps show students that almost everything they do in life involves science, one way or another, said Rich Granger, who served as co-coordinator of the event with Brittany Stockdale, another parent, and Fields.

“Some of the students may find they’re interested in an area of science they may not have even known about before,” Granger said.

All Science Day is held early in the school year to help set the stage for the science curriculum that follows, Fields said.

Kindergartener Callen Pickrell builds a self-standing structure with straws.

At the elementary-grade level, the science curriculum focuses on the building blocks of life science, earth and space matters and physical science, she said.

Students are excited, eager to learn and curious at this age, Granger said.

“I’ve been helping out with All Science Day for a few years now, and it’s always so much fun to see how excited the kids get about it,” he said.

“What I love is when a student comes up to me with a big smile and tells me ‘All Science Day is the best day ever,'” Fields said.

Kim McCall, a paraprofessional, helps kindergarteners Grayson Hill and Ximena Cruz Hansen create self-standing structures using straws and tiny pumpkins.

She said she hears comments like that quite often during the day.

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced an all-virtual event two years ago and a day of outdoor-only activities last school year, the program returned to a more traditional mix of science stations set up inside and outside the school building, Granger said.

Students spent the day rotating through the stations operated by parent volunteers and representatives from central Ohio organizations and companies in the science field, he said.

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