Bryant Community Center
2000-2001 Science Club

  Schedule

  We met on
  Wednesdays
  from 4-5 PM.

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  Location

  3 Eden Court,
  E of Stone School,
  S of I-94 [map]

photo   Coordinator

  Want to join us? Contact Deb Hamann at
  dmccart@umich.edu or leave her a message
  on the Reach out! phone: 734-647-0764.

 
  Commitment

  It is important to make an 8-week commitment
  in order to establish relationships with the kids.

What We Do

We spend time every week with elementary school kids doing fun, hands-on science activities. You don't have to be a science genius to help out—we'll give you a copy of the lesson and the basic facts and information. We want kids to realize that (1) they are capable of learning science, (2) science is fun, and (3) science is everywhere (in the food they eat, the weather, etc.) But, most importantly, we are spending time with the kids—paying attention to them, caring about them, and giving them good role models to look up to. As crazy as it can get, spending an hour each week making a mess is actually quite a good stress reliever!

Some Activities
We've Done
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Heart Rate/Lung Capacity Fruit Kabobs
Bottle Instruments/Sound Waves Rocket Pinwheels
Cow Eye Dissection Lemon Battery
Static Electricity Silly Straw Gliders

Comments from Participants

"I liked working with children because they 'tell it like it is.' It is interesting to see how we can learn from them as much as they learn from us." - Jonathon, LS&A undergrad, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity member

photo These children live in homes with very unstable supervision and attention. I think that it's great that so many people are trying to help them realize their potential. The community center is a great place for them to go to get the attention and help that they need after school. Once the program gets going for a while longer I think it will be very beneficial." - Robyn, LS&A undergrad, Psych 350 student
"Hearing some of the stories about the family conditions these kids come from made me realize and appreciate what I have." - Ben, CoE undergrad, Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity member
"Kids were very creative with with the straw gliders. They experimented with different numbers and orientations of the loops and straws. Rather than teaching them about lift principles, it showed them how experimentation changes outcomes. They had contests to see which design would fly the fastest and furthest. Some were very good at keeping track of their results." - Debbie, CoE undergrad

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