Curiosity Cube teaches science to ConVal students

  • Students from the ConVal Regional School District participated in scientific experiments in the MilliporeSigma Curiosity Cube on Thursday to learn more about the periodic table of elements. The Curiosity Cube is a mobile science lab that travels across the United States to teach elementary and middle school students to teach and get students excited about science. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Students from the ConVal Regional School District participated in scientific experiments in the MilliporeSigma Curiosity Cube on Thursday to learn more about the periodic table of elements. The Curiosity Cube is a mobile science lab that travels across the United States to teach elementary and middle school students to teach and get students excited about science. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Students from the ConVal Regional School District participated in scientific experiments in the MilliporeSigma Curiosity Cube on Thursday to learn more about the periodic table of elements. The Curiosity Cube is a mobile science lab that travels across the United States to teach elementary and middle school students to teach and get students excited about science. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Students from the ConVal Regional School District participated in scientific experiments in the MilliporeSigma Curiosity Cube on Thursday to learn more about the periodic table of elements. The Curiosity Cube is a mobile science lab that travels across the United States to teach elementary and middle school students to teach and get students excited about science. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Students from the ConVal Regional School District participated in scientific experiments in the MilliporeSigma Curiosity Cube on Thursday to learn more about the periodic table of elements. The Curiosity Cube is a mobile science lab that travels across the United States to teach elementary and middle school students to teach and get students excited about science. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Students from the ConVal Regional School District participated in scientific experiments in the MilliporeSigma Curiosity Cube on Thursday to learn more about the periodic table of elements. The Curiosity Cube is a mobile science lab that travels across the United States to teach elementary and middle school students to teach and get students excited about science. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Students from the ConVal Regional School District participated in scientific experiments in the MilliporeSigma Curiosity Cube on Thursday to learn more about the periodic table of elements. The Curiosity Cube is a mobile science lab that travels across the United States to teach elementary and middle school students to teach and get students excited about science. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Students from the ConVal Regional School District participated in scientific experiments in the MilliporeSigma Curiosity Cube on Thursday to learn more about the periodic table of elements. The Curiosity Cube is a mobile science lab that travels across the United States to teach elementary and middle school students to teach and get students excited about science. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Students from the ConVal Regional School District participated in scientific experiments in the MilliporeSigma Curiosity Cube on Thursday to learn more about the periodic table of elements. The Curiosity Cube is a mobile science lab that travels across the United States to teach elementary and middle school students to teach and get students excited about science. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Students from the ConVal Regional School District participated in scientific experiments in the MilliporeSigma Curiosity Cube on Thursday to learn more about the periodic table of elements. The Curiosity Cube is a mobile science lab that travels across the United States to teach elementary and middle school students to teach and get students excited about science. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Students from the ConVal Regional School District participated in scientific experiments in the MilliporeSigma Curiosity Cube on Thursday to learn more about the periodic table of elements. The Curiosity Cube is a mobile science lab that travels across the United States to teach elementary and middle school students to teach and get students excited about science. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Students from the ConVal Regional School District participated in scientific experiments in the MilliporeSigma Curiosity Cube on Thursday to learn more about the periodic table of elements. The Curiosity Cube is a mobile science lab that travels across the United States to teach elementary and middle school students to teach and get students excited about science. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/13/2019 1:15:12 AM

Elementary and middle school students from the ConVal School District spent Thursday in a brightly colored shipping container conducting science experiments.

The container – known as the Curiosity Cube – has been retrofitted by MilliporeSigma into a mobile science lab. The Cube, which made an appearance in the ConVal High School parking lot Thursday, travels the country to encourage an interest in science among children.

“Our goal is to spark curiosity in the future generations of scientists,” said Kaely Zeiser, a MilliporeSigma employee and coordinator of the Curiosity Cube. “We are hoping to bring the Curiosity Cube to schools and spaces and to be able to provide a learning environment where they get to use different scientific tools and technologies to hopefully get them interested in science.”

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Elements, this year’s Cube experiments all focused on elements. Experiments revolved around water testing, a virtual reality tour through the human body, and building a small robot to assist with raw material extractions.

“What I enjoyed was having them do some hands-on learning and learning about some scientific things. I’d say this is all completely new for them,” said Laura Seale, a fourth grade teacher at Francestown Elementary School. “It’s amazing. It’s a great opportunity do some hands-on learning and also get out and away from Francestown to a different setting.”

The Cube is currently in its third year of operation, Zeiser said, having taught nearly 45,000 lessons to almost 75,000 visitors in the first two years.

Each year, an entirely new Cube and lesson plan has been designed. Prior themes for the Cube centered around DNA and cells.

“The students who come out to the Cube love it. They love getting out of the classroom, learning from scientists, and just being able to have a whole hour inside the Curiosity Cube to be able to do different science experiments they’ve never done,” Zeiser said.

The Cube specifically works with grades three through eight, as the experiments are likely new and exciting to them.

“Middle school and elementary school is where they are deciding what they like and what they don’t like, so we like to bring them science experiments that will pique their interest in science later on,” Zeiser said.

Francestown fourth grader Vira Dodge said she didn’t know what to expect when she visited the Cube, but she enjoyed the experience.

“My favorite part was the virtual reality because you got to see inside the human body,” Dodge said. “I like science, but this made me way more interested.”

The Cube visits communities near MilliporeSigma locations throughout the company, Zeiser said, a move that allows company employees to volunteer their time.

“We are a global science company and science education outreach is one of the areas we think we can provide an extra resource for schools, students, and communities to enhance their science programs,” Zeiser said. “What I love about it is it’s a space for [students] to ask questions and be curious. And they are learning from people in their local community and they learn about what we do, which is a neat aspect.”

Florence Caouete, head of site services for Jaffrey’s MilliporeSigma branch, said she loves volunteering for the Cube because she enjoys helping to cultivate the next generation of scientists in her own backyard.

“Who knows, one of the students here may come up with the cure for cancer,” Caouete said. “Unless they are interested in science, they may never go that way.”

Even if they don’t choose science as a career, Caouete said she was happy to have an experiment focused on water quality as students should understand the importance of scientific issues facing the world.

“We’re trying to get them interested especially in water because it’s such an important resource … It helps them realize they need to start taking care of the planet now,” Caouete said.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.


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