Senior Kindergarten provided the inspiration for the first annual Wilson School Science Night. Each January, in conjunction with their space unit, Senior Kindergarten holds a star gazing party. This year, all Wilson families were invited, and the science committee expanded the activities.
In the Innovation Room, families found robotics activities. DeSmet Jesuit High School, part of the First Robotics Competition League, demonstrated large robots and Webster Groves High School, part of First Tech Challenge Robotics, demonstrated driving robots.
Students and their families visited stations in the gym where they held bubbles made from sublimated carbon dioxide, created flubber, looked under a microscope to determine the difference between plant versus animal cells and made magnet art.
Wilson parent Dr. Phil Skemer, a professor in the Washington University department of earth and planetary sciences, demonstrated frakking with Jello and juice. Dr. Burchan Bayazit, also a Wilson parent, shared his virtual reality equipment.
On the lower playground, Dr. Sameer Siddiqui, a Wilson parent and member of the St. Louis Astronomical Society, helped children view the moon. Senior Kindergarten teachers Mary Jaeger and Michael Hinkebein offered their favorite science activities including making moonbases with marshmallows, Alka-Seltzer rockets and space helmets.
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