STATE COLLEGE — At least a dozen Radio Park Elementary School students at a time migrated to a booth where first-grader Christina Bird and her father, Chris Bird, were making dry-ice bubbles.
Chris Bird would put dry ice from a cooler — at minus 109 degrees Fahrenheit — into warm water. Combined with a bubble solution, the two would dip a funnel in the concoction and create a bubble that would disintegrate into thin air when popped.
“It’s like magic,” said Deja Ortiz, 7, who was bouncing the bubble in her hand when it popped and disappeared into a gaslike formation. “It’s so cool.”
Most students said that was the “coolest” experiment displayed at the school’s annual SLAM Fair on Wednesday.
“We found this experiment online and thought it would be something fun to do,” Chris Bird said. “I think the sciences are really important.”
SLAM — science, literature, art and music — allowed the students to make projects at home and showcase them at school. On Wednesday night, a performance session was held for students who wanted to sing, dance, act or play musical instruments.
“It’s one of those things that bring the kids together with their parents, teachers and other students and really shows their talents,” said third-grade teacher Corey Zupon. “It’s something we do every year that really shows the importance of these programs and allows the students to have fun and be hands-on.”
Nearly every student in kindergarten to fifth-grade participated in the fair where each class was given a 20-minute time slot to check out the projects in the school gymnasium.
Some students made snow experiments, volcanoes, a mineral identification chart and more.
In addition to a volcano with 10 facts, Thomas Keller, 6, did something a little more unorthodox by making a joke book that was aimed at making his classmates laugh.
Flipping open his book, he tried to find the most clever jokes he came up with, with the help from his sister, Emilia Keller, 8.
“What did the squirrel say to the crazy acorn?” Thomas asked enthusiastically.
When everyone shrugged their shoulders, he laughed and said, “You’re a crazy nut!”
As some students laughed louder, he agreed to read a few more jokes from his homemade book.
“It was something fun I wanted to do and I like to make people laugh,” Thomas said.
Teachers said the most important aspect of the fair is keeping students’ brains going outside of the classroom.
“From a teachers point of view, it’s rewarding to see how they can build on different things and feel like they really accomplished something good at home,” Zupon said.
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