Students get hands-on with science

 Prospect Point Elementary School observe the flow of electricity in one of the exhibits from the Pacific Science Center.

Prospect Point Elementary School observe the flow of electricity in one of the exhibits from the Pacific Science Center. Gina Cox

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WALLA WALLA — Prospect Point Elementary students explored the world of engineering last week through a visit by Seattle’s Pacific Science Center mobile exhibit.

The explorations kicked off Wednesday morning with an all-student assembly that introduced electrical, aerospace and civil engineering, said Gina Cox, head secretary at Prospect Point Elementary.

The Science Center’s portable exhibits were set up in the school’s library and included table-top experiments and activities. The exhibits gave students the chance to explore in greater detail the engineering concepts introduced in the day’s opening assembly.

Throughout the day, students in first through fifth grades also took part in hands-on lessons to learn more about the specific engineering fields while applying the scientific process, Cox said.

The Pacific Science Center’s “Science on Wheels” visit was jointly sponsored by Prospect Point Elementary School and its PTA organization.

“This program complemented our existing science curriculum by strengthening student engagement and building excitement for the truly fascinating world of science,” Cox said. “Staff, students and parent volunteers alike had a terrific experience watching science come to life.”

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