Thomas Paine Students Celebrate Science

Physics day presentationThomas Paine students received a special treat on Friday, October 22nd when presenters came to share demonstrations, exhibits and more! Visitors came from University of Illinois, Urbana Park District and other organizations within Urbana and Champaign to talk about different topics regarding science and nature to elementary students throughout the school.

Grades 3-5 were treated to The Physics Van, a traveling science show from the University of Illinois. The show is geared specifically toward elementary students and features demonstrations about states of matter, Newton’s Law, electricity and other science-related subjects. Students were able to learn how the performances related to subjects that they are studying in their own science classes. The presentation ended with an “explosive’ finale and time for questions from the students.

Younger students received a visit from Urbana Park District and a few very special animals. The Park District presenter introduced the animals by talking about many creatures that can be found in our own backyards. Students were then able to get to see and touch a real live garden snake and box turtle from the Anita Purves Nature Center.

Experiment explosionOther presenters included the National Society of Black Engineers, Hydrogen Race Cars, the Natural History Survey and The Invincible Invertebrate. The day was a great way to introduce students to the world of science. Students also found out that science can be a fun and challenging way to learn about the world around us!


To view more pictures from the science presentations visit Thomas Paine Elementary's Student Event Gallery.

For more information about The Physics Van, including demonstration videos and an "Ask the Van" page, visit


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