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Science extravaganza

Teens share the excitement of chemistry with younger students

It was hard to tell who was having more fun at Amador Valley High School's fourth annual Spring Science Extravaganza - the elementary school students from across the district or the high school students putting it on.

The two-day show featured interactive events for the kids, everything from making slime, like the green gloop that's a Nickelodeon staple, to looking at rocks beneath a microscope to being inside a soap bubble.

"It's like a science fair the chemistry class puts on for kids," explained Josh Rosenblatt, an Amador senior. "They like to have fun. They really enjoy all the booths - they're really interactive."

The extravaganza had 34 exhibits, all created by chemistry students themselves, said chemistry teacher Heather Pereira. She said those same students also raised the $6,500 to $7,000 to stage the event by doing fundraisers.

"It's all hands-on," Pereira said. "We try to make it 'make and take.'"

It took 600 Amador Valley students working in shifts to stage the show for 1,200 kids, and clearly the high schoolers were having a great time helping the youngsters have a great time themselves.

"I was so excited to get them," said Tawney Hauser, a 16-year-old junior. "We were running and laughing and jumping."

The elementary school students were captivated from the moment they walked into the Amador Valley gym.

"Ewwww!" they cried, grimacing as a high schooler held out a live lizard from the reptile exhibit. Although they had fun coloring hats with lizard designs on them.

The event featured, among other things, a display of oobleck, a mixture of cornstarch and water that has the properties of both a solid and a liquid; a chance to shoot a ball through a basketball hoop using air pressure; and a display of carnivorous plants.

Pereira said she's looking forward to a few years from now, when the students who went through the extravaganza as youngsters reach high school and get the chance to stage the event for the next set of kids from the elementary schools. Then they'll see who really has the most fun.

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Posted by Christina M
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Jun 3, 2010 at 8:19 am

I wish this had been advertised, I would have loved to take my kids!


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Posted by Bobby H
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jun 3, 2010 at 11:24 am

We attended this event. It was fantastic, great to see the kids engaged and excited about science. The Amador teachers and students must have invested countless hours for this. Thank you. My son has been telling everyone he knows about all the cool experiments and things that he got to do. Thank you.


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Posted by maja7
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jun 3, 2010 at 11:55 am

My high schooler has taken part in this Science event the past two years! It's means alot of extra work for her. She enjoys working the event and working with the elementary school kids. Thanks for acknowledging Amador's event.


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Posted by RR
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Jun 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm

My daughter's 1st grade class went to this event and she could not stop talking about it that evening at home....we are so lucky to have such a wonderful school community....good job teachers and kids!!!


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Posted by Lucky parent
a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Jun 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I went to this with my son's 2nd grade class and thought it was great!! The high school kids did a great job keeping the younger students interested and engaged. Great work AVHS, it makes me happy to live in Pleasanton.


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Posted by m
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 3, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Isn't it fun to smell the roses sometimes???


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Posted by Kudos!
a resident of Charter Oaks
on Jun 3, 2010 at 7:32 pm

The teachers that do this kind of stuff must really be cream of the crop. My kids went to this (I did not go) and they were so excited to tell me about everything they did and saw. This is what PUSD is all about. This is why we are one of the best school districts in the state because we have caring adults who can channel the energy and curiosity of these kids into something wonderful.


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Posted by Dep
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 3, 2010 at 9:31 pm

My son has this teacher for chemistry and she has been so good in getting him motivated. He's not the best student and she is so patient and knows how to get this teenager to do his best. He said to me that she is the only teacher that has ever been nice to him. He also enjoyed being part of this event.


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Posted by MamaBear
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Jun 4, 2010 at 11:02 am

This was great


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Posted by letsgo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Kudos to all involved. Great job science kids! Good job teachers.


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Posted by Nice but
a resident of Avila
on Jun 7, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Is this something that really helps kids learn? Isn't learning more important than playing all day?


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Posted by resident
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 8, 2010 at 8:04 am

This is a great way to get kids interested in physics, chemistry, and science in general. "Playing" with these concepts is how discoveries are made for products and ideas. We need a product that will help disperse the oil in the Gulf of Mexico without being toxic...maybe these kids will discover that while playing with science. Kudos to those that put this on.


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Posted by Balanrine
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jun 8, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Haters


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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2010 at 9:26 pm

"Is this something that really helps kids learn? Isn't learning more important than playing all day?"

Do you know the first thing about science or scientific experimentation? Please tell us all about you scientific background. Let me guess you don't have a PHD in experimental physics and are not the inventor of the silicon transistor. Maybe I'm wrong about that, but please let us know how you think a proper science education should be conducted.

Maybe you're a creationist and think the only science we all need is in the bible?


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