Allison Wood | The Gazette
LAFAYETTE TWP. â€” Along with learning basic chemistry concepts, a group of young Medina students got a little slimy.
As part of the College for Kids Mad Science Club, about 20 children ages 6 to 10 spent Tuesday afternoon doing hands-on science experiments, which included making slime, at the Medina County University Center.
â€œLook at mine!â€ exclaimed 9-year-old Melina Barlow of Medina as she tried to pull her stirring stick away from the cup used to mix her green slime.
ABOVE: Garrett Culp, 7, of Medina, gets a kick out of an experiment Tuesday at the Medina County University Center in Lafayette Township. BELOW: Carmen Copeland, of East Canton, does an experiment for a group of elementary-age students Tuesday as â€œmad scientist Professor Carmino.â€ Copeland put on the College for Kids Mad Science Club program for about 20 children. (Shirley Ware | Staff Photographer)
Green was the color of choice for most students because several said it looked like the slime poured on celebrities at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards.
â€œI got mine green because it looks like boogers,â€ said Pierce Barlow, 6, Melinaâ€™s brother.
With the help of a â€œprofessor,â€ also known as East Canton resident Carmen Copeland, the students conducted several experiments, all of which used common household items and chemicals.
One experiment included placing dirty pennies in a beaker of dishwashing liquid and a beaker of vinegar. Only the pennies in the vinegar got clean.
â€œThe dishwashing liquid isnâ€™t strong enough,â€ Copeland said.
As quickly as the students â€œcleanedâ€ the pennies, they got dirty again after Copeland placed few drops of hydrogen peroxide on each one.
â€œThat one looks gross, itâ€™s all black,â€ Melina said.
In another experiment, the students filled a balloon with baking soda and placed it over the opening of a plastic flask that contained vinegar. When the student lifted up the balloon, it started to inflate as the baking soda fell into the vinegar.
â€œMixing chemicals can cause a reaction and make a gas,â€ Copeland said.
Although the day ended with students wiping slime off their hands, Tuesdayâ€™s session was the first in a three-day event. Students also are scheduled to learn today and Thursday about laboratory techniques and equipment along with seeing how adhesives like Velcro work, he said.
Interested children ages 6 to 10 can sign up for a second three-day session, which will start April 18 and continue for the next two Saturdays between 10 a.m. and noon, said event coordinator Pat Faulhaber of the University Center,
Registration is $98 for each student, who will receive a gift bag full of items that can be used to conduct experiments, she said. The second session will offer different activities, but also will feature several hands-on experiments.
The deadline to register is Monday and those interested can call the University Center at (330) 721-2210.
Contact Allison Wood at (330) 721-4050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.