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Femion » 2006 » September » 13

Arts and Crafts with Science Students

September 13th, 2006

Do you remember those rainy days in your childhood when your mom or dad pulled out a craft kit to subdue you? Do you remember this one, where you were expected to layer coloured sand in a plastic bottle in order to make some sort of “one-of-a-kind” “tasteful” paper weight?

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I remember them. I remember what happened to them after the rainy days, too. They’d end up under my bed, all mixed up and muddy-coloured, because I’d accidently shaken it (of course I’d always say that I’d intended it that way).
Well, when you get to university, you get a second chance. In our first lab, today, we observed the interaction between different types of sand for Earth Sciences. Instead of a bottle, we used an ant farm.
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Lana and Kathryn dump in sand and water.
I’d expain why we were doing this, but to be honest, the end result is an awful lot more interesting than they actual science behind it.
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