Summer Science Lessons Include Tasty Treat

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UNION COUNTY — The Rutgers Cooperative 4-H Program of Union County, located in Westfield, spent another summer offering science lessons to children throughout Union County.

Jim Nichnadowicz, 4-H agent, traveled to Union County summer camps with his science instructors Susan Rubino and Chris Irovando. The program reached about 600 children from Plainfield, Elizabeth, Rahway, Westfield, and Linden.

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The children learned all about the scientific method and the summer lessons encouraged them to pursue science as a career.

Volunteers from Merck helped with the program. Merck research scientist Dr. Milana Maletic gave a lesson called “I scream for ice cream”. The children learned some concepts about solids, liquids and gases and how mixtures would lead to lowering the freezing point of liquid. To illustrate the point, they mixed rock salt and ice to bring the temperature of the ice lower and then used this coolant to make ice cream. Additionally, the kids did some food science and mixed their own flavors and colors in order to flavor their ice cream.

Dr. Milana Maletic works with campers at the Rahway Housing Enrichment Center (Photo courtesy of the Rutgers Cooperative 4-H Program of Union County)


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