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Students teaching students at LHS Science Expo

By: By Corinne Lewis Special to The News Messenger
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More than 900 third-graders at Lincoln High School?

It may sound like a bunch of chaos ... and it is!

“This is not a science fair, it is a science Expo,” said Marilou Edwards, Lincoln High School’s science teacher and robotics coach. “It is very similar to the San Francisco Exploratorium; each booth is very interactive. The best part of it is that there are high school students at each of the booths explaining the science behind the activity.”

On Friday, Lincoln High School students will present science projects they have thought of and made from scratch in the school’s gym. The more than 50 exhibits are interactive so that the elementary-school students will be able to experience science for themselves.

“It’s a great way to get the younger students excited about science” Edwards said.

Some of the exhibits include rockets, hover crafts, cloud makers, lasers and illusions.

The Expo is available for a morning session and an afternoon session. Each session will include 400-plus third-graders from elementary schools in the Western Placer Unified School District.

The Night Expo version of the Science Expo, open to the public, will be held tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m. That’s when the high school students hold a “run through” of what they will do at the Science Expo. 

The Night Expo admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children 3 and older.

The physics club will offer hot dog or hamburger adult meals for $6 and $5 children meals, starting at 5:30 p.m. The meal cost covers admission to the Night Expo. All money earned goes directly to a college scholarship fund for the Lincoln High seniors helping out with the expo.

Major sponsors include Western Placer Education Foundation and the Lincoln Community Foundation.  The Lincoln community and local businesses also gave their support.

With the support of these sponsors the students could create any project of their choosing without cost being an issue.

“It really is a celebration of science and hopefully many of our high school students as well as the community are able to come to the family fun night Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.,” Edwards said.

For more information, contact Edwards at 645-6360 ext. 211 or e-mail at medwards@wpusd.k12.ca.us.

Corinne Lewis is a Lincoln High School junior and assignment editor.