Monday, June 11, 2012

Science learning explodes at USU-Uintah Basin day camp

Stuff exploding always makes learning more enjoyable.

Not that the middle school students at Utah State University – Uintah Basin’s summer science camp needed any extra motivation. They all came to the program to spend a few days learning about science.

But they still got to see stuff blow up.

Utah State University Professor of Chemistry Michael Christiansen hosted a workshop on chemistry, helping students use electricity to separate water into its two components – hydrogen and oxygen gases. A flick of a match showed the students just how flammable hydrogen is. But it wasn’t just about the flash. It was also about helping the students learn the joy of finding things out on their own.

Christiansen spoke with the students about the importance of discovery and experimentation, and encouraged them to continue learning throughout their life. Vernal Express