Bayer scientists led students at Garfield Middle School in three different experiments Wednesday morning.
Katie Sobko, Staff Writer, @katesobko
Science can be fun. The right chemical mixture will make volcanoes erupt and rockets take off.
That’s the lesson Garfield Middle School students learned Wednesday morning as part of a national initiative aimed at “Making Science Make Sense.” Twenty employees of Bayer visited the school and brought science to life.
The team conducted experiments that wowed students, who were already impressed by the visiting robot named Bella that demonstrated a bit of technology.
Principal Richard Rigoglioso was also impressed with the presentations and the company.
“They are trying to make science fun and are exposing the students to a few different things,” said Rigoglioso, who is also the city’s mayor. “This whole thing was funded by Bayer. They come in and set up. They give out prizes. It’s really just a great day for the kids.”
Students benefited from conducting “experiments with actual scientists,” Rigoglioso said.
One volunteer launched a rocket with just water and some Alka-Seltzer. Students were impressed.
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Volunteer Robyn Rust, a Bayer employee, has a personal connection with the school. She lives in Garfield and has two adult children who attended the middle school.
“This is a nice way to give back,” she said. “This is the perfect age to get kids into science.”
Last year, Garfield won a 3D printer through a Bayer grant, and the school is hoping to win another this year, Rigoglioso said.
“We ended up winning the grant because they were looking for diversity in the community. We saw how positive it was and wanted to keep going,” Rigoglioso said. “I don’t think the kids get enough credit. They can never have too many positive role models, and maybe someday they remember that day Bayer was here and it piqued their interest in science.”
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