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The Observers of What Happens



How can you tell the difference between a solution and a suspension? Why is resistance important in an electrical circuit? Dozens of Crusaders in grades 6 and 7 participated in an Honors Science & Engineering Camp last week during school vacation. They traveled to the East Bay Educational Collaborative, in Warren, for hands-on courses in chemistry and electronics. “We want you to become the observers of detail of what happens,” said chemistry teacher Tony Rabiotti, as he guided the students through an experiment in chemical reactions using milk, soap, and food coloring. Meanwhile, engineering teacher Joseph Langevin helped Crusaders work with circuitboards, wires, and other components to make an LED light up. Did you know that salty water can conduct an electric current? Can you figure out how many grams of sugar are in that can of soda you are drinking? These young scientists can tell you all about it.

Many thanks to Ronald Kahn, Director of Client Services for EBEC, for making our visit possible!

Above, Jennifer Navia and Valerie Lizardo display their chemistry lab notes and drawings. Below, a team of Crusaders prepares to take the next step in the milk and soap experiment; Angie Descollines and Briana Morel show how they used salt water to complete a circuit; and Victor Baez and Cristoffer Perez draw a schematic of the circuit they built.

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