Fort Lewis College students share secrets of science with fifth-graders

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Fort Lewis College students share secrets of science with fifth-graders

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Fort Lewis College students share secrets of science with fifth-graders

Fifth-grade students at Florida Mesa Elementary School listen intently to Fort Lewis College seniors Jack Faust and Brandon Belcher as they conduct an experiment on the density of liquids. From the left are Emma Lopez, Joshua Yu, Ashlee Parker and Joe Weigman.
Florida Mesa Elementary School fifth-graders Jaida L’aDnier, left, and Alexis Pearson learn about robotics from Fort Lewis College senior engineering students. The students received a mini-programming lesson about how to tell their robots to react to rear motion sensors and move forward.
Fifth-grade students at Florida Mesa Elementary School watch Fort Lewis College senior engineering majors Jack Faust, right, and Brandon Belcher as they conduct an experiment in the density of liquids. The students were amazed to discover that rubbing alcohol is less dense than water, and water is only slightly less dense than dishwashing liquid.
Ryan N. Smith, an assistant professor of physics and engineering at Fort Lewis College, conducts a class about robotics for fifth-grade students at Florida Mesa Elementary School. Along with six students from his senior seminar class, he is presenting a series of lessons for the school’s fifth-graders. The program will culminate with a trip to Rodgers Reservoir to watch aquatic robots in action and a tour of the robotics lab at FLC.
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