From Emily:

December 12, 2012

Last month, Physics students went to Holiday World to experience G-forces first hand. The physicists timed the rides and tried to use their homemade accelerometers on the very bumpy wooden coasters. After crunching all the numbers from our amusement park data, the class was treated to an expo on Isaac Newton by the 3rd and 4th grade class.

In Research Seminar, student scientists are in the thick of their experimental methods. One student has covered the lab counter with hair dyed different shades of watermelon red, and is learning how to use a spectrophotometer to analyze the effects of different bleaching recipes.

The biochemists are testing the toxicity of various chemicals on the germination and growth of lettuce seeds, with the help of IU student teacher Alexandra Feuerstein (Thanks, Ali!) while learning about a variety of environmental toxins, including Bloomington’s famous PCB contamination. Additionally, parent Tammy Thompson gave both Biochemistry classes a tour of the labs and an overview of the pharmaceutical industry at BioConvergence LLC.

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