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Germantown Physics Faculty and Students Get Their "Hands On Science"

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Published: 2012-05-30 00:00:01.000

Germantown physics faculty members, Dr. Kris Lui and Professor Soheila Bakhour, volunteered their time, energy, and expertise to make physics interesting and fun for fourth graders at the Shady Grove Campus of Johns Hopkins University last Tuesday and Wednesday as part of Hands-On-Science Day. Professor Bakhour's daughters - Helia Hadavi and Sunnya Hadavi - physics students Aaron Bradley and Harpreet Singh, and education students Beth Cross and Membere Bete, as well as Dr. Lui's husband, Dr. Toby Herman, also a physicist, encouraged the young students to discover the properties of a non-Newtonian fluid, explore about the Oobleck, and to understand a variety of other phenomena, including physics of a plasma ball, real images, phone book friction, sound in a vacuum (is there?), and air resistance.

Across two days, over 700 fourth graders from four schools learned the science of bread making. King Arthur Flour sponsors demonstrations on the bread baking process. Then, each student - and future baker - took home the ingredients for whole-grain bread. Students baked two loaves one to enjoy and one to donate to a community organization chosen by the school. Local businesses, hospitals, and colleges and universities - including Montgomery College - enriched the day by proving hands-on-activities to engage students in science discovery.

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