Whoa this is exciting! On September 22 and 23rd, the Western Line Public School District will be hosting Dr. John Hunt’s widely acclaimed Science Fun Day for their 3rd-6th grade students. This is the first time that Dr. Hunt will be presenting at a public school in the Mississippi Delta and we are SO thrilled to have him! Learn more about Science Fun Day after the jump!
Think science has to be boring? Not when you experience it like this. And we’re not talking some volcano eruption with baking soda and food coloring. This is more. Much more! We’re talking interactive, hands-on learning involving children and parents. Learning designed to have opposite predictive outcomes, prompting questions and explanations. Because it’s more than thinking – it’s experiencing!
Science Fun Day will show your students the fun side of science. With more than 105 activities designed to surprise, students in grades 3-8 will increase their knowledge of scientific principles through these parent-taught, discrepant events during a Science Fun Day.
In 1996 when Dr. John Hunt was teaching eighth grade science at Ramstein Jr. High, Ramstein, Germany (DoDDS), he used a daily discrepant event to get students engaged in learning. These students shared what they had learned in class with their families. A group of their third grade siblings approached him and asked if they could also do some of these discrepant events. He took his eighth grade students to their school gym and conducted a Science Fun Day for them.
For this event an eighth grader designed a Science Fun Day T-shirt. The eighth graders wore these yellow and green T-shirts at the Science Fun Day. Fifty eighth grade students taught 240 third grade students science discrepant events that day. It was a huge success! This was the beginning of Science Fun Day!
In 1997 when Dr. Hunt was appointed Science Coordinator for Kaiserslautern ISD, which included 18 elementary schools, he conducted many Science Fun Days in these schools over the next five years using military parent volunteers to teach students in grades 3-8.
In 2001, Dr. Hunt moved to Mississippi, started teaching at Mississippi College taking the Science Fun Day concept with him. Since that time, he and his wife Catherine have conducted 12-17 Science Fun Days per year and have taught 4,000+ parents who have in-turn taught 18,000+ students physical science concepts in a Science Fun Day setting.