excitement and love of science burns within Anne Hutchinson students who had
the ability to participate in the IBM Research Family Science Program this
winter in Yorktown Heights and now continue to take classes online.
Fourth grade students from Eastchester gained a greater understanding of how science interacts with the world in which they live.
“It's important for young children to engage in this type of learning. It makes the process enjoyable by involving both students and parents with hands-on demonstrations,” said IBM Family Science Coordinator Grace Kaplan. “The virtual sessions are interactive; the students have the opportunity to answer questions from the instructor and they can also ask questions.”
Students from 30 elementary schools are currently enrolled in or about to delve into a variety of topics that include computer programming, polymers, states of matter, electronics, algorithms and kitchen chemistry.
Fourth grader Alex Donovan attended the
three-hour science workshops at IBM Research Headquarters in Yorktown on
Saturdays and he is also involved in the virtual learning sessions. He learned
about algorithms, a set of instructions to help solve problems, by creating
logic-based patterns using Skittles candies.
He also participated in the kitchen chemistry, polymer, sound waves and
electronics workshops. “I enjoyed
kitchen chemistry the most,” said Alex. “I liked mixing the ingredients
together and finding out about acids and bases as the liquids turned colors.”
Alex’s mother, Laura Donovan, leads IBM’s
Life Sciences Industry, and has sponsored students for the Family Research
Program for years. She is excited to see her own son and his peers thrive while
taking part in the activities
“I am proud of this program. The
students have had the opportunity to experience hands-on science in a fun and
unique way and they have loved every session. It is so important to bring these
advanced concepts to younger children at an appropriate level. their interest and they will continue with science as they move
into high school and beyond,” said Donovan.
Parents are encouraged to attend both
the in-person and virtual lessons with their children. The students can view
the on-line classes live or through recordings.
More than 60 IBM scientists volunteer to
teach the students. High school students,
many who attended when they were in elementary school, also assist the younger
students in the lab.
information about the IBM Research Family Science Program visit: ibm.biz/ibmfamilyscience