Fifth grade students at Steenrod Elementary School in Ohio County had the chance to mix things up in a chemistry lesson from some special guest teachers when Wheeling Jesuit students stepped into the classrooms earlier this month.
Thanks to the continued Partners in Education program with Wheeling Jesuit University, WJU students in Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Mary Railing’s class spent an hour with the elementary students in the classrooms of Ann Railing and Jessica Anderson.
“We have been going to Steenrod the last few years, and I am amazed every time how intrigued the students are at the experiments we perform and how they want more. For my class, they enjoy the hands-on teaching experience. We work well with the teachers and students at Steenrod,” said Railing.
WJU students assisted as the fifth graders mixed safe chemicals together in a lab experiment called, “Evidence of a chemical reaction.” The chemicals in the lab activity undergo either a physical or chemical change, and afterwards WJU students discussed with the fifth grade classes why the reaction occurred.