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Bayer scientists launch rocket, erupt volcano to make science fun for Garfield students

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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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