Elementary students from Stephens College Children’s School last week had the chance to conduct a scientific experiment in the Pillsbury Science Center on campus.
The children were challenged to measure the amount of sugar in popular soft drinks by weighing and comparing soda samples to samples of sugar water.
Juniors majoring in education, as well as two students studying science at Stephens, were on hand to assist.
It was the first project funded by a grant Stephens recently received from the American Chemical Society. The funding allows Katrina Walker, assistant professor of chemistry and physics, to serve as an ACS Science Coach for SCCS students this year, working with elementary teachers Lindsey Clifton, Elizabeth Watson and Hannah Vonder Haar.
“We’re excited to have these collaborations across campus,” said Leslie Willey, Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. “It’s wonderful not only for our children, but for education majors and science students. Science students are getting an understanding of working with children, and it’s exciting for education majors to learn from scientists. This is a really powerful experience for our students.”
The $500 ACS grant will allow the children’s school students to conduct future projects in the lab.
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