Local elementary school students were wowed by educational experiments during Mount Saint Mary College’s Family Science Night on Friday, October 25.
The event was held in collaboration with the American Chemical Society as part of National Chemistry week and reflected this year’s theme of “Marvelous Metals.”
The young scientists learned how to make magnetic slime and penny batteries; how to find iron in cereal; how to polish pennies; and more, all while learning valuable science concepts such as conductivity, magnetism, and shape memory.
Family Science Night is just one of many service opportunities that Mount Science students partake in. Over the past year, the Mount’s Division of Natural Sciences has, among many other projects, judged science fairs for Bishop Dunn Memorial School and Duchess County, worked with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to study the migration of eels, and run a multi-experiment program for young students at the Girls World Expo, recently held on campus.
Courses from Earth Science to Organic Chemistry, taught by the Mount’s expert faculty, are the backbone for the college’s strong degree programs in Biology or Chemistry. They also prepare students for graduate study – including physician assistant, medical, veterinary, and dental school – and for careers in industry or education. Students engage in research with faculty, service opportunities, and internships.