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Ogallala High School Advanced Chemistry Students Present to 5th Graders

    Fourteen Ogallala High School science students recently presented a science demonstration show to Ogallala 5th graders.  The show was presented by the Advanced Chemistry class and each student prepared a science demonstration to share with the younger kids.  Each high schooler was in charge of practicing the demo and explaining the science behind it in a way that the elementary kids would understand.  Some of the demonstrations included a gummy bear sacrifice, the whoosh bottle, and polymer snow.  There were lots of “oohs and ahhs,” and there were even a few shrieks when the younger kids were surprised by the power of some of the reactions.

OHS student Hailey Babish said “The kid’s reactions to each project was priceless.  It could have been the simplest demonstration ever, but the kids were enticed wither way with all the science.”

Advanced Chemistry instructor Jennifer Jones commented, “This is a great project for the high school chemistry students.  It is often hard to explain science at a lower level, so the kids really have to think about the concepts and how they work in order to be able to explain it to the 5th graders.” This is the 4th year the advanced chemistry class has done this project and teachers Mary Jensen and Jennifer Jones hope to expand the opportunity to more students in the future.


Junior, Chris Knudsen, demonstrates the heat and energy associated with a thermite reaction.


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