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PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVESSean Tillinghast and Dylan Ziegelbaum examine the parts of a flower at the Science Family Fun Night event at Willow Lane Elementary School recently. PRESS PHOTOS BY DOUGLAS GRAVESSean Tillinghast and Dylan Ziegelbaum examine the parts of a flower at the Science Family Fun Night event at Willow Lane Elementary School recently.
Julie and Mathew Shickel are busy making paper towel rainbows as colored water wicks through the towels using capillary action. Julie and Mathew Shickel are busy making paper towel rainbows as colored water wicks through the towels using capillary action.
Allie and her father, Eric Kusko, work electricity concepts as they build an electric circuit connecting a battery, a switch and a light bulb. Allie and her father, Eric Kusko, work electricity concepts as they build an electric circuit connecting a battery, a switch and a light bulb.

WILLOW LANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by douglas graves Special to The Press in School

Science fun provided by Muhlenberg student teachers

It was Science Family Fun Night at Willow Lane Elementary School recently when about 90 children, accompanied by parents, spent the evening with student teacher volunteers from Muhlenberg College to learn some hands-on science.

Willow Lane Elementary School Principal Dr. Anthony Moyer kept the building open and welcomed guests as they arrived, parents in tow.

The program, supervised by Muhlenberg’s Professor Sally Richwine, used volunteer student teachers who, in turn, staffed 11 stations the children rotated through during the evening. Each station featured some particular aspect of science made into fun experiments suitable for elementary children.

“The students designed their own lesson plans for their stations,” Richwine said.

“This is the coolest thing!” Scarlet Weimann said, as she watched colored water wick through paper towels to create a rainbow-hued arc, thus demonstrating capillary action. Scarlet is the daughter of Matthew and Sonia Weimann.

Scarlet comes by her affinity for science naturally as her mother, Sonia, is a doctoral candidate student in science at Lehigh University and Scarlet’s father is a third-grade teacher at Willow Lane Elementary.

Student Allie Kusko was there with her dad, Eric; together, they worked at putting an electrical circuit together.

Mathew Shickel was messily engrossed in making his paper towel rainbow at the capillary action demonstration station as his mother, Julie watched. She laughed as she commented, “It’s great to see him getting to make a mess that’s not in my kitchen.”

Muhlenberg College student teacher Dylan Ziegelbaum, from Scarsdale, N.Y., helped Sean Tillinghast understand the workings of a flower using construction paper cutouts to illustrate the various parts.