Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
Snowflakes fell from the sky, pirates uncovered scientific treasures, and budding scientists discovered definitive proof that science can in fact be fun. West Gate Elementary students walked through the familiar door on a recent morning to find that their entire school had transformed into a science lab. Teachers and administration had decorated the classrooms and halls of the school in celebration of Science Day — a full day of science exploration aimed at igniting curiosity and exploration in the students of this diverse student body.
The day was a pleasant departure from the routine schedule, enlivening both teachers and students alike. “Best day ever,” proclaimed one fifth-grader after completing the lava lamp station where ordinary items were transformed into fascinating objects that were both scientific and artistic.
While designed to be memorable, the day was also carefully planned by Principal Julie Svendsen and the teachers of West Gate’s science committee, ensuring that students experienced lessons that covered key curriculum and SOL topics.