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The Science Center of Iowa Visit IKM-Manning

Provided by IKM-Manning School Foundation

April 08, 2019

On Monday, April 8, 2019, elementary students in Irwin were treated to a visit by the Science Center of Iowa.  Two programs were presented:  Earth Plays Rough and Boom!

Earth Plays Rough was presented to the second and third graders. This program explained the drama of natural disasters and severe weather such as earthquakes and volcanoes.  Students were excited to see the formation of a cloud and a tornado in a bottle, watch a volcano explode, and observe a hot air balloon rise into the air, lifted by the hot air from a blow dryer.

Boom! the second presentation was attended by preschool through third grade and focused on interactions of pressure, temperature, and states of matter to explain why things pop, bang or blow up. Students were amazed by the shrinking and expanding of a balloon placed in liquid nitrogen and saw the amazing reactions of combustible gasses.

The Science Center of Iowa presentation was brought to the elementary school by funding by the IKM-Manning School Foundation.  Both presentations tied directly to the National Science Standards and the Iowa Core.  The students and teachers really appreciate these programs being provided to the students!  What an exciting, fun way to experience science!  


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