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Science Center Trip Creates 'Explosive' Reactions!
Posted 02/24/2019 09:24AM

“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” -- Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion

Kindergarten, first, and second graders explored the Maryland Science Center where interactive exhibits and hands-on science activities sparked their imaginations and fueled their sense of discovery. The day was filled with experiential learning about biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science.

Kindergarteners experimented to see how their eyes, ears, nose, and skin function and learned how their brain is connected to other parts of their body. Then they used their senses to help solve a mystery. Later, they put their imaginations to work in the Chesapeake Bay-themed Kids Room, pretending to fish.

First and second graders worked in the SciLab, creating chemical reactions with citric acid, baking soda, and water, observing the resulting bubbles as well as color and temperature changes. They also made exploding bottle rockets!

All the students got into the action in Newton's Alley, experiencing Sir Isaac’s principles with their bodies as well as their minds. Students actively explored concepts of matter, energy, force, gravity, and motion, participating in activities like touching a cloud, pulling levers, and creating a water vortex.

Students also stepped into the shoes of paleontologists, working in mock excavation and dig pits, and rebuilding a dinosaur skeleton from bone fragments.

Photos are on Facebook.

Barnesville School of Arts & Sciences is an independent private school in Montgomery County, Maryland offering innovative preschool through 8th grade programs. Cross-curricular teaching encourages students to explore how subjects relate to one another, helping them to make connections that spark inquiry and deepen understanding. Small classes enable skilled teachers to engage each child in an academically challenging environment. Our 30-acre campus is our extended classroom, and we integrate nature into everyday learning. Barnesville is certified as a Maryland Green School by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education, demonstrating achievement in curriculum and instruction, community partnerships, and best management practices.

An independent private school in
Montgomery County, Maryland
offering innovative preschool
through 8th grade programs.

Barnesville School

21830 Peach Tree Road
PO Box 404
Barnesville, MD 20838

p: 301.972.0341
f: 301.972.4076


We offer a vigorous academic program for students as well as engaging, hands-on learning experiences.


Our positive, supportive learning environment promotes imagination, exploration, personal growth, and achievement.

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