L-W North Future Phoenix Science Family Night attracts nearly 100 area students
Monday, February 23, 2015

Nearly 100 area students from kindergarten through sixth grade attended the fourth annual Future Phoenix Science Night at Lincoln-Way North High School on February 19. The event is hosted by Norths Science Department to get Summit Hill 161 students excited about Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics.

Its a great night for science and a great night for kids, said Maria Wilson, Science Department Chair.

Students split up into different classrooms to discover and conduct real-world applications of science experiments. The event also included a raffle and families won science experiment books, a solar boat kit, and a wind power robot.

Area families look forward to this event each year because it is a fun, engaging opportunity to spark the scientific curiosity of students beginning at a young age, said North Principal Dr. Mark Cohen. The 21st century job market has a high demand for professionals in STEM fields and we want young students to understand what those classes and career paths look like.

In Chemistry, students mixed oil and water with Alka-Seltzer to observe the chemical reaction and created lava lamps. In the Earth Science classroom, a third grade student from Dr. Julian Rogus School said he enjoyed learning about energy and water temperature and in the Biology classroom, students examined replicas of hearts and peered through microscopes to learn about what makes up blood. Students experimented with black lights during their Physics lesson.

Experiments were led by Lincoln-Way North teachers with the assistance of nearly 15 high school students in Norths Environmental Action Club, Science Club and National Honor Society. The Physics lesson was led by North teachers Mike Murphy, Wes Cooley, Matt Nemeth, and student teacher Chris Napolitano; Chemistry was led by teachers Lauren Sick, Tim Victor, and Carlie Premo; Earth Science was taught by Maria Wilson and Nesreen Sadi; and Biology was led by Camille Gonzalez-Jensen, Liz Conroy, and Nicole Karges.