Planets and metals and rocks – oh my!
About 125 students in the third through fifth grades at Vartan Gregorian Elementary School in Providence visited Brown this week to witness science up close and personal. The students learned about rocks and minerals, how metals are tested for durability and strength, solar observing, and nanotechnology during two days of tours in the physical sciences.
The visits were part of the National Science Foundation GK-12 program, which sends Brown graduate students to teach science in Providence-area schools. The graduate students engage Providence children in hands-on, inquiry-based activities designed to increase their understanding of and interest in science. At Brown the program is coordinated by Karen Haberstroh, assistant professor (research) of engineering.