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Montgomery students enjoy hands-on science


Jose Ramirez Maravilla, right, and Danny Vasquez Espinoza look for a chemical reaction in a bottle with oil, water and food coloring. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

Montgomery Elementary School students enjoyed the school’s first-ever science fair last month — an event that featured hands-on activities for students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.

The fair exposed students to a wide range of opportunities both in the field of science and in their own daily lives, teaching them about everything from the microbes that live around them to how to isolate DNA in a strawberry.

All students at the school participated in the fair, with exhibits manned by everyone from UC Davis departments to the Yolo County Health Department, as well as students from Davis High School and Sacramento City College.

The Yolo County Health Department had exhibits on lead poisoning and how much sugar many popular beverages contain, while the Davis High School Teen Health Awareness Club offered alternatives to soda.

Representatives of the UCD Arboretum were on hand to teach students about the wonder of seeds, while the Center for Neurobiology exhibited how eyes see and what the brain looks like.

Other exhibits featured surface tension, making superballs and lava lamps and “flaming gummy bear redox reactions.”

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