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300 at Thompson Science Explo see clues to EcoFest

When trash takes a new formation

4th grader Beckett with Worm-Composter Superhero
Fourth grader Beckett with Worm-Composter Superhero.

An estimate 300 people attending the Science Explo at the Thompson School last weekend got some tastes of what the public might see at EcoFest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Town Hall

For one, Thompson's Green Team will present Trashformations, using theme "Ecosystem Superheroes." Focusing on decomposers, the club chose soil bacteria, Kate Caplin's first graders picked gut bacteria, Lynne Dichter's second-graders picked tree fungi and lichen and Katie Armstrong's fourth graders picked red wiggler worms and composting.

Thompson fourth graders are transforming trash and compost into art, education and collective action. Armstrong's class collected straws at lunch for two weeks to make their trashformation on the "superhero decomposer," red wiggler worms, and composting, depicting worm superheroes in comic strips. 

Inspired by their work, four students in Sarah Marie Jette's class wrote essays about the negative impact of straws, spurring a letter to the school food service director asking her to consider switching to compostable and reusable straws. After using their 2016 transformation, a sea turtle made from school cafeteria Styrofoam trays, to inspire the public schools to switch to compostable trays, these students have their minds set on compostable straws and zero-waste lunches.

A Thompson PTO newsletter thanked parents, teachers and Principal Karen Donato who helped celebrate the school's first Science Week. "Despite Mother Nature's alternate plans, parents visited different classrooms and shared their knowledge of science," the newsletter says. "A special thank you to parent Anthony Fernandez who amazed all the kiddos with experiments involving liquid nitrogen during lunch. Ask you child about the frozen balloon or the smoking Cheez Doodles!"

On Saturday, March 17, the Science Explo included more than 30 exhibitions on physics, robotics, chemistry, biology and Earth science. Kids lined up to walk on "oobleck" (a mixture of cornstarch and water). Students programmed circuits and created animation videos. They explored chemical reactions and circadian cycles.

Parent Elizabeth Rocco provided YourArlington with numerous photos and much descriptive text. See more photos >>

This news announcement was published Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

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