Slime at Reavis

Last week in Reavis, we made SLIME!

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After having a ton of fun last week with oobleck, the Sisters at Reavis requested that we make slime this session.
How do you make slime? First, you add Borax powder to water, then add glue to water (with food dye), and then you mix them together! The result: sticky, gooey, BLUE slime!
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After we made the slime and played with it for a while, the Sisters took charge and were very creative about the types of experiments they wanted to do with it. Kemonte put her slime over the heater and Alita put her slime near the window to see how heat and cold would affect the solidity of the slime. Jasaande added some more Borax to her slime (which made it less gooey and more solid), and Aaliyah added some more food dye to make it a deep, darker blue.
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Then, the Sisters wanted to see if we could combine our knowledge from last week with what we learned this week. We took out the extra cornstarch that we used to make the oobleck, and some of the girls tried to add cornstarch to their slime to make a slime/oobleck combination. The slime turned white from the powder, and according to Aaliyah, it also got a little bit harder!
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I’m so proud of my Sisters for thinking of creative experiments like these, and for using the scientific method (without even realizing it!) to explore their creations! Great job, ladies!
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WEEK 1: Meet the Woodson Girls!

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By Tolu

The Sisters4Science after school program began on October 25, 2013 at the Woodson North Middle School. For the first session, the girls bonded with STEM Facilitator, Tolu Rosanwo, by sharing about their favorite foods, who they admire and their grade in school. All students except one said that they “hated” science the most since they currently do not have a science teacher. Nonetheless, the girls seemed so happy to be there after school, and Rosanwo was excited that they were excited.

Woodson North As pictured from left to right: Stephanee, Ciera, Briana, and Desiree are incredibly bright. The girls’ grades ranged from 7th to 8th grade, and their heroes were their mothers (Desiree), Batman (Briana), Inyuasha (Ciera), Beyoncé and Edward Cullen (Stephanee).

For the first lesson, Tolu and the girls helped formulate their Code of Conduct, and asked, “What does it mean to be a sister?” Desiree and Briana (both biological sisters) immediately chimed in, but they all got to work writing their codes on the board. 7th grader, Stephanee, thought a sister should be “special, interesting, social, trustworthy, excellent, and respectful,” but all came to the consensus that they must all trust and believe in one another. Desiree wants it to be the group motto.
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The class concluded with a discussion about the Scientific Method and a definition of science. The girls shouted out terms like “hypothesis,” “statistics,” “data,” “experiments” and developed hypotheses for why the sky was blue.

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At the end of the day, they journaled their experiences and Stephanee wrote, “I used to think science was boring, but now I think it’s fun!”
One session was already so transformative, and we are excited about what is to come for these girls.