Barry University’s School of Education and SWAT (Science with a Twist Inc.) hosted an event for 200 local elementary school students on Wednesday, April 2.
The second annual SWAT event, held on Barry’s main campus, involved four local schools—including Charles R. Drew K-8 Center, Edison Park K-8 Center, Phyllis Wheatley Elementary, and Nathan B. Young Elementary.
Students participated in countless hands-on experiments, including unique experiments named Elephant’s Toothpaste and Rainbow in a Cup. Additionally, Henry Bursian of NASA attended with a Hovercraft to provide participants with a memorable ride.
Representatives from the Miami-Dade County Police Department Crime Scene Investigation (M-DCPD CSI), the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Water Conservation not only shared their time and talents at the event but made an essential contribution to the learning community.
This exciting and educational phenomenon provided elementary students with the opportunity to actively engage in creative and fun science learning opportunities under the inspiring guidance of School of Education undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, and teachers and administrators of the Miami-Dade County Public School (M-DCPS) System.
School of Education faculty, Dr. Javier Gonzalez and Sam Perkins, facilitated the event with invaluable support and expertise from Glenda Moton, Curriculum Support Specialist of M-DCPS.
“Our School of Education students were just as enthusiastic to facilitate the hands-on activities as the elementary students were to receive them,” Dr. Perkins said.