MILLBURY, Mass. — Millbury Junior/Senior High School celebrated science all last week, sparking great participation among the students, many of whom weren’t previously interested in the subject.
Students enjoyed three presentations Tuesday from Kent Wallace, director of teaching laboratories from Fisk University. Wallace had fantastic results and enthralled the students, according to science teacher Pam Graves.
“We had kids that prior to Tuesday with no interest in science that were extremely attentive, and as soon as the presentation was over, literally rushed to speak to Mr. Wallace,” Graves said. “It speaks volumes as to what kind of a teacher he is."
Science teachers taught lessons in severe weather, electronics, chemical engineering and much more on Wednesday and Thursday.
Students in grades 7 to 12 got to choose which lectures to attend. Most of the lectures included demonstrations and hands-on activities.
One of the lessons was taught by visiting engineers from the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center.
Led by David Accetta, the group from Natick Labs showed students the advances made in the body armor worn by soldiers in combat areas today as well as examples of different types worn in the past.
The students got to don and wear the heavy body armor and discover how heavy the equipment is. They also got a first-hand taste at how soldiers eat in the field by heating and eating many of the meals that soldiers consume in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Science week wouldn’t be complete without a demonstration from Millbury’s VEX Robotics Team of the latest robot. The VEX Robotics team is an award-winning group that will take part in New England Regionals.