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Hite-Saunders students get plenty of hands-on experience with science

Oct. 31, 2012 @ 11:50 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Hite-Saunders Elementary combined Halloween and science Friday for its second annual Mad Scientist Day.

The daylong event included Marshall University faculty members from the College of Science helping lead students through various age-appropriate experiments.

"We hope they become interested in science and see it as fun," said Ken O'Connor, who teaches chemistry at Marshall. "It's also good for teachers to see these are things they can do in the classrooms."

O'Connor got things going during a 35-minute morning assembly that involved a number of interactive experiments. Then, students formed into teams for experiments including the science of sounds, making chalk, dissection, worms, making slime and a fossil dig.

"It's such a fun way to incorporate science in a fun-filled day," said student teacher Sarah Davenport.