Our service project for the month of November was with the Greater Philadelphia Cares. The project was to help tutor some students in science by helping them do exciting, hands-on experiments.
The Playworks coaches and myself received some information about how we were all going to run a science experiment station. The two experiments that we ran were static electricity, and circuits/battery power. With the static electricity experiment we used balloons that we rubbed on our clothing or hair and tried to pick up small pieces of papers! Then we all grabbed magnet sticks or also known as “magical wands!” and proceeded to perform an experiment by hanging as many paper clips as we could before they fell off the magnet stick.
The overall experience of with work with the students and Discovery Sciences was a blast! Tutoring and teaching can sometimes be difficult, especially with a subject like science. But when you allow the students to do experiments first, while explaining and ask questions about the their thought processes. We could tell the students had a great time and all the coaches enjoyed watching how performing these experiments brings out the curious nature of kids.
Written by: Coach Alex
Bache-Martin Elementary School