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After-school learning: Teacher gets opportunity to start chemistry club

After-school learning: Teacher gets opportunity to start chemistry club

Throughout October and November, WEAR along with Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram are 'Paying it Forward for Education.' This week, we introduce you to a teacher at Escambia High School who used the money to start a chemistry club.

When you think chemistry, you typically think of the periodic table, but not in Janene Perkins classroom.

She said, "We are going to make slime, plastic, things like that."

She has many students who want to go further with chemistry, so she wanted to start a chemistry club for them, but didn't have the money. That's why Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram gave her $500 to "Pay it Forward to Education."

Now the students can do fun experiments like make oobleck. Oobleck is a cornstarch and water mixture that feels pretty interesting.

Student, Cathelene Castelucci said,"When you pick it up its solid, and when it stays in your hand it starts to melt."

It's not only fun, but teaches them a chemistry concept.

Perkins said, "It teaches them how different states of matter work."

The chemistry club also pays it forward to students at Myrtle Grove Elementary. They brought them the oobleck and read them stories. The goal is to teach them at a young age that science can be fun.

Perkins' goal is for all children to realize chemistry is in everyday life.

Perkins said, "It gives them a different outlook in different careers in science. Most think only about being in a chemistry, but there are so many different fields that you can you go into with chemistry."

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