Love was in the air at Ann MacArthur Primary School on Valentine’s Day, but it was a love of science that these second graders felt. Students in Amanda McCarthy’s class were enthusiastically conducting an experiment using candy hearts and the scientific method to determine what would happen to the crunchy candy pieces when dropped in various substances.
With six cups in front of them containing water, soda, oil, vinegar, peroxide and hand sanitizer, the students first predicted whether the hearts would sink or float in each one. Then they made educated guesses as to whether the candy would dissolve or stay in tact.
As the little hands placed the candies in each cup, they watched with awe to see if their predictions were correct. Scientific discussions took place to understand why the hearts both sank and floated in the soda. The students wrote their conclusions and drew pictures of the outcomes.
Ms. McCarthy said the experiment was a success, with the children honing their skills in the scientific method. “This was a great cooperative project in which they followed directions, made predictions and learned from the outcome.”