Families Investigated The Universe On Math & Science Night

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Sixth grader Aracelis Vitale

RAHWAY — On Tuesday, Nov. 30, Rahway Middle School held its semi-annual Family Math and Science Night. The occasion is an informal educational program that affords parents and children an opportunity to work and learn together.

The theme, Investigating the Universe, provided a fun-packed evening for all as families rotated through 3 different activities that promoted scientific and mathematical thinking.

The first activity, Star Lab, gave families the opportunity to star gaze inside a dark dome. Parents and students were able to observe various constellations in the sky as they related to Greek mythology.

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In the second activity, Making a Comet, family members combined various ingredients including dry ice, corn syrup, and ammonia to make their own comet. Families learned about the properties of a comet and where comets may come from. This activity proved to be messy but extremely fun!

The third activity, Exploring the Solar System, allowed participants to create a model of the solar system to show the relative size of each planet and its distance from the Sun. They discovered that if the Sun was the size of a soccer ball, the Earth would be as small as a peppercorn!


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