Urbana School District Monthly

May 2010


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Yankee Ridge Elementary

Yankee Ridge Students Enjoy Junior Scientist Day

Students at Yankee Ridge Elementary School were exposed to the wonderful world of science thanks to the annual Junior Scientist Day. Several community volunteers took part in the day, designed to show students how science is applied and give the kids some close-up and hands-on experience.

Students learned everything, including physics (that included a very cool smoke cannon), biology, chemistry, and much more. Students were able to study birds, use microscopes, and were able to learn about electronic technology.

Physics Van Demonstration
Yankee Ridge students enjoy a demonstration from the U of I Physics Van at Junior Scientist Day.

"This is totally fun," says Kris Hedman, a parent volunteer who coordinated Junior Scientist Day. "We get to meet all the kids in the school, everybody is involved, and they seem to have a great time." She adds that the U of I really steps up and helps put the program on for the kids. She says, "We contact a lot of outreach programs. We contact departments that we think have something fun and exciting happening. Some of the presenters are faculty and some are students." Headman hopes the students had fun learning science, explaining, "I want them to think that science is fun, it's something they could think of as a career, and that science is not intimidating - it's exciting."

Yankee Ridge Principal, Mary Beth Norris, says, "We at Yankee Ridge always enjoy Junior Scientist Day. The kids love seeing science in action and I hope that they can see how science is applied in everyday life. We also are very grateful for the community partnership that makes this day a success."


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