Students Discovering Science Teachers Show, Rather Than Tell, Kids at Ruth Upson Elementary
Bruce, Orlando De, The Florida Times Union
Students in Room 36 at Ruth N. Upson Elementary recently
learned how to recycle water.
Next door, another class conducted an experiment on wetlands
and how they help cleanse water.
And on the other side of the school, in Room 113, students
learned how science can be used to do magic tricks, such as
sticking a needle inside a balloon without making it burst.
For the entire day, more than 500 students from all grade
levels at Ruth Upson saw, on Nov. 3, how science really works.
They participated in Science Discovery Day, which included
experiments, a display of various mammals by Lee High School and
a general science lecture by the city's Environmental Protection
Ruth Upson sponsored the event to comply with a state law that
requires elementary, middle and high school teachers to show
rather than tell their students about science.
At Darnell-Cookman Middle, students didn't have an all-day
science activity. But they are learning how to make a cell with
hair gel and how to figure out the genetic patterns of candy
"It's [hands-on science projects] been application for kids who
may or may not otherwise understand," said Worsowicz, a guidance
counselor at DarnellCookman in Historic Springfield near
Methodist Medical Center.
At Ruth Upson, special education instructor Dena Harris had her
students create a makeshift wetland with grasslike moss
contained in a coffee filter placed inside a strainer.
"At first, I didn't know what a wetland was," said Whitney
Worthy, 10, a fifth-grader at Ruth Upson. "We draw pictures on
the board to see how wetlands look. …