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First graders enjoy Star Night

DCHS Journalism

 

The Decatur Community Chem/Physics club, also known as the Faraday Society, hosted Star Night for the first time in a long time in November. The club members brought a night of fun and learning to the first grade students at Oberlin Elementary School.

The night began with pizza. After eating, the kids were brought to the gym where they learned about the phases of the moon and the relative distances of the planets in our solar system.

After the activities in the gym, the first graders divided up into three groups. One group went outside and looked at the moon and Mars through a telescope. Another group watched a video on constellations, and then they drew the constellations on a connect-the-dot worksheet. The final group learned about the craters on the moon before making some of their own. Using a “model” of the moon made of flour topped with cocoa powder, the kids experimented with marbles to find the different ways a crater can be formed.

Faraday Society members who helped with Star Night were seniors Faith Meitl, Zac Corbett, Isabel Grafel, Kaylen Ashley, Kaden O’Hare, Tyler McHugh, and Alex Hayward and junior Erin May. Mark Bricker is the sponsor. Twenty-four first graders attended.

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