Science Thrills Maplewood Students

Maplewood students were very excited to receive one of the coveted tickets that enabled them to compete on stage.
Maplewood students were very excited to receive one of the coveted tickets that enabled them to compete on stage.
Maplewood 4th grade teacher Mr. Greco assists a student in launching a potato plug with a compression chamber.
Maplewood 4th grade teacher Mr. Greco assists a student in launching a potato plug with a compression chamber.
Brain Mogul presenter Mark Goldstein is encouraging these students to build the highest mountain using one of the main ingredients found in disposable diapers, polymers absorb 100-times their own weight.
Brain Mogul presenter Mark Goldstein is encouraging these students to build the highest mountain using one of the main ingredients found in disposable diapers, polymers absorb 100-times their own weight.
Bernoulli Basketball helps explain low-pressure and high-pressure systems.
Bernoulli Basketball helps explain low-pressure and high-pressure systems.
Secret agents were tested by using a crayon (Non soluble) to create the Maplewood Mustang on a soluble coated piece of paper.
Secret agents were tested by using a crayon (Non soluble) to create the Maplewood Mustang on a soluble coated piece of paper.
Brain Mogul presenter Mark Goldstein launches vapor doughnuts as he demonstrates before the competitive action begins.
Brain Mogul presenter Mark Goldstein launches vapor doughnuts as he demonstrates before the competitive action begins.

Brain Mogul’s Tournament of Science, held recently at Maplewood Intermediate School, is a one-of-a-kind science competition with upbeat music, an energetic scientist named Mark, and a powerful educational message. The show involved 18 student volunteers competing in a series of science experiments, with the winner of each group moving on to the finals where an overall winner was crowned. 

As if the competition wasn't enough, Maplewood students were fascinated by the science challenges, ranging from Bernoulli Basketball that involved levitating a beach ball across the stage to score through a hoop (Low-pressure vs high-pressure); building a mountain using chemistry (polymers); using insoluble and soluble materials together (Secret Agents); Launching doughnuts across the stage through a hoop (Vapor Rings); and, a student favorite, shooting potato plugs across the room, aiming at either the hoop or the photographer (Air Pressure). Each experiment required concentration, agility, dexterity, speed, and, of course, science knowledge! 

This fast-paced show helped to introduce students to the wonders of science in a unique way and aimed to leave a lasting impression. “I want Maplewood students to have fun with science,” said Mark Goldstein, Brain Mogul Science presenter. “The main thing is to get them excited about science and what it could mean for their own future. Each experiment has a learning component, but mainly we want to get them really excited to see that science can really be a lot of fun.” Brain Mogul’s Tournament of Science aims to encourage students' curiosity at a critical age and allow science to come alive in a different way from what is possible with textbooks. And come alive it did. Students participated in fun experiments while their classmates cheered them on. Thank you, PTA Cultural Arts, for this really fun and unforgettable science experience.

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