Lanigan’s first Science Night a hit


Lava explosions, gummy bear slime and magic milk are a few of the science experiments that made for a fun Friday during Lanigan Elementary’s inaugural Science Night.
 
Erin Smith, Lanigan Parent Teacher Group president, said the free event was meant to engage children in learning outside of the typical classroom setting. The Pinterest-inspired experiments also included: balloon rockets, a pencil trick, floating ball activity, blooming flowers, jelly fish in a bottle and a baking soda/vinegar color experiment.
 
The gummy bear slime station received the most attention, with Principal Jeff Hendrickson helping students mix melted gummy bears, corn starch and powdered sugar to create gooey silly-putty-like-slime.
 
First-grader Kloey Merritt was amazed as she watched her tin of milk and food coloring blobs turn into a cool, colorful design when she dipped a dish-soap covered Q-tip in the center of the tin. Creating those moments, Smith said, was what the night was all about.
 
Each participant was also entered into a drawing for a five-pack of tickets to the Children’s Museum of Oswego.
 
Smith said the PTG has several events coming up, including a school carnival, book fair and additional fun nights.


Lanigan Elementary first-grader Kloey Merritt, offers a surprise
reaction during her magic milk experiment at the school’s recent
Science Night.