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Students Discover Energy’s Affect on Matter

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JES third grader Kaidence W. uses a magnet to see how many items she can pick up. The experiment was hands-on training on how energy can change matter. (MP Photo/CSD)

Our third grade pups have been studying the states of matter in class and spent some time in the science lab recently seeing for themselves just how energy can change matter. With some help from district science consultant Mr. Claire Zurbuch, aka “Professor Z.”, students discovered how light energy’s refraction and reflection changed when the light was pointed at a mirror and through a container of water. Professor Z. also demonstrated refraction with an inclined plane and weights to represent the colors red and blue. Students watched through special glasses and discovered that red refracts less and blue refracts more. Students also used light energy with the microscopes to look at plants, animals, fibers, building materials, and bacteria up close. Other students discovered that magnets are really powerful and fun. The power of energy!

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