18 February 2010

Burn, Baby, Burn

Yesterday was Grade 8 Day at my school.*  On this day, students from our feeder schools (grade schools in the same geographic area as my high school) come to the high school for a day long orientation.  The grade 8s are bussed to our school and then split into groups, which are led by grade 12 students.  The grade 8s attend sessions put on by all the different departments (phys ed, science/math, tech, business, social studies, etc), have lunch and play games.  It's a fabulous way for the kids to get accustomed to the high school, its students and staff.

Each year I am in charge of the science/math presentation.  Being the chemistry goddess that I am, I always put on a little demo show, rather than droning on about some boring stuff that they won't listen to anyhow.

I am so excited as this was the first year that I was able to get some photos of the show.  One of my colleagues graciously agreed to be my photographer for the day.  She did an excellent job of capturing the most exciting moments during the nine demo sessions that I did.  So, here's the pix:

The 'How Fireworks Get Their Colours' Demo


  The 'Giant's Toothpaste' Demo



The 'Fire Writing' Demo - if you turn your head sideways, it reads 'Welcome'



The 'I Get to Light a Teacher on Fire' Demo



Cool, eh?  Everyone had a great time and I got to unleash my inner pyromaniac  - pretty excellent all 'round!



* In my neck of the woods, most students attend a grade school (elementary school) for grades K through 8 and then a high school for grades 9 through 12.  So, the transition from grade 8 to grade 9 is a big one for the students.

38 comments:

Heather said...

Wow, great pictures. The "setting your arm on fire" one looks kind of scary, but you don't seem to be in any distress!

KID, MD said...

Awesome!! The world needs more cool Chemistry teachers.

Lisette M said...

I wish I had had as cool a chemistry teacher as you!The only reason I persevered in my class is that I was going into engineering. My teacher was not only boring but not very good as well.
The arm on fire demo is fantastic!

gwensews said...

Ditto! What a cool teacher!

Linda T said...

COOL..........very cool!

JenSA said...

Looks like fun...back in the day us chem students would wow the rest of the school with a yearly demo. We'd get bigger and better (or louder) every year until we kinda blew a hole in the chem lab ceiling. Oops no more demos.
Love the skittles manicure.

Gorgeous Things said...

What an awesome show! I'm sure you inspire students!!!

Jules said...

I'll bet every kid who saw your show is going to be looking forward to having you as a teacher. And they'll be lucky to have such an awesome teacher. But how on earth do you light yourself on fire??????

Scandalous said...

Ohmygosh! You're on fire. Thats such a cool picture. Props

amber said...

How cute and cool are you?! I lucked out having some amazing science teachers in school (which ultimately led me to a couple of science degrees) and I can only beam at the fact that these kids are going to be learning chemistry from such an excellent teacher. The world needs more cool science teachers - it's nice to see that you're helping to fill that role. :)

Sewfast said...

Great presentation Teach!!! I'll bet every eighth grader wants to take Chemistry now!

Toby Wollin said...

Best science teacher I had in high school was a guy named (believe it or not), King Root, who used to do demos all the time (though nothing as Mr. Wizard as yours!). I have to admit that this was the science class I did the best in - guess I'm just a visual learner.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Very cool pictures :)

PerryPie said...

Omg! You seem like such a fun teacher! I would have loved to have had you in high school.

Trudy Callan said...

Amazing photos. What a fun and excellent teacher you are. I'm sure the kids are more likely to develop a love for science after a demo like this than they are from a boring lecture. We need more teachers like you.

kathy said...

How fun! I was already looking forward to math and chemistry when I got to high school, but I bet this would have made it even more enticing!

Kristine said...

Wonderful pics, thanks for sharing! Our 8th graders come visit, do a building tour, and might stop in a classroom briefly, but not demonstrations. Yours looked amazing!!!

Jenny said...

Awesome! If only I'd have had one teacher like this!

Andrea said...

Super cool and most definitely skills that will come in handy during the zombie apocalypse. You can be on my zombie killing team! :)

Sue said...

Your kids must love you!

Maggie said...

What fun. Thanks from the world at bringing Chemistry into the world of coolness!

kikipotter said...

You're officially my new hero. A blog about science AND sewing? I'm in heaven! I'm a physics engineer by day and sew by night, but you are by far a better writer than me.

Cheers from Mexico!

Beth said...

Seriously deserving of some Reese's Pieces! I hope somebody thought to offer...

Sorry, I couldn't resist that. What an awesome presentation.

I was always too afraid of the Bunson Burner for a career in science--I stuck with Math. Nothing hot or caustic.

Marie-Christine said...

Ooooh! They must have more scientists per capita in your neck of the woods than for thousands of miles around :-). Please keep it up, we need more kids attracted to the fun stuff!

Jenny said...

Whew, I'm having high school flashbacks! You should have your students do burn tests on mystery fabrics. That's scientific, right?

Summerset said...

What fun! Reminds me of my teaching days and all the fun stuff you can do.

Eugenia said...

Amazing! That looks like a lot of fun - I bet your students were really inspired by your wonderful show.

June said...

Dude! You are - quite literally - ON FIRE with those demos!!! Go, teacher, go! Now *that* is a way to get kids excited about science.

Rose said...

Cool pictures, cool teacher, and cool demos. I guess that you decided not to show the colored balls :).

Vicki said...

It makes all the difference to how children learn when they have an interesting (and interested) teacher. I have noticed it with my girls. One year they may be just ok on a subject, but the next year they can be in the top 10% - just with a change of teacher. Well done! I wish I was sitting in your class.

Audrey said...

Those are some awesome demos. Did any of the kid ask if they would be doing the light yourself on fire thing in class? How did you do that?

Sew Passionista said...

Those Grade 8's must have been mesmerized. What a great way to orient them to their soo-to-be new school. Good for you!They probably can't wait to get to be in your classes.

Linda said...

Oh how I wish you were my science teacher 20years ago.

tarabu said...

Wow, I might not have been a history major if my high school had had science teachers like you!

Michelle said...

Fantastic!!! I love the pics!! It is so great to see a teacher who really loves what they do!

Nylorac Creations said...

It strikes me today that your presentation was spectacular and should be an Olympic event! :)

Barbara at Cat Fur Studio said...

Teaching as entertainment - you are mixing inspiration in with the knowledge you're imparting. I am grateful there are people of your caliber teaching in schools today.

Isabelle said...

That's awesome! I bet the students love you. Love the nails!! :)