To help spark an interest in science, Mrs. Bullard's fifth-grade class took the classroom outdoors for an afternoon experiment involving a speaker and Oobleck, a gooey slime they created from cornstarch and water.
Students cranked up some music and took turns watching their Oobleck dance around the speaker as the soundwaves moved through the solution.
Named after the slime that falls from the sky in Dr. Seuss's Bartholomew And The Oobleck, students learned the solution acts as a fluid under some circumstances and a solid under others.
"It was so neat watching our Oobleck dance up and down," said Gillian Parker '28.
Exploring how the sound waves affect Oobleck helped encourage critical science skills while providing a joyful and memorable experience for the students.
"I wanted to something that would remind students that science is fun," said Mrs. Bullard. "Experiments like this make the students question what they're seeing and keeps them engaged."
When students transition from the Primary Years Programme (PYP) to the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in fifth grade, the curriculum becomes more complex as they continue to expand their knowledge of the world around them.
But even as the challenges become more significant, our teachers are always coming up with unique ways to create a joyful learning environment, like the Oobleck experiment.