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CSI Watchung (And More!)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Children post images on the screen

Watchung detectives clothed in plastic coverings examine the evidence.

Watchung Elementary School, Montclair’s science and technology magnet, held its fifth annual Science Summit and Fri., May 19. Third through fifth graders turned into CSI investigators to solve the case of Principal Anthony Grosso’s missing teddy bear. They donned “protective gear” and used forensic science to investigate the “crime scene” and crack the case.

Two sets of student detectrive work on cracking the case.

K-2 students explored hands-on experiments that investigated various facets of science participating in various activities including creating a hoop glider (a paper aircraft), a pom pom popper (a springy surface for launching sweets), and a bee hummer (a toy that sounds like a swarm of buzzing bees when you spin it) among other fun projects. They ended the day with a visit from “Thomas Edison” talking about his accomplishments. In addition, MoMath presented multiple hands-on math experiments in the gymnasium in which all students from all grades took part.

“I would like to thank Watchung parent Jay Wall for all of his efforts in designing the day and organizing this experience for the students,” said Grosso. “I would also like to thank the PTA and the many parents for helping, volunteering and participating to make today a success. Days like this are designed to bring students out of the classrooms and experience the real world. Concepts that are not just concepts, but reality, are brought to life by tangible hands-on creations. Watchung is proud to offer experiences like this to our students and fortunate to have families who value creativity and want to be progressive.”

Student examines the facial evidence on a computer.

Students watch intensely as the evidence is measured.

Updated: 9/25/2017