Science experiments energize Sparrows Point Middle students for summer reading

If you eat Pop Rocks and drink a soda at the same time, will your stomach explode?

Students at Sparrows Point Middle School found out the answer to this and more – like whether someone can insert a sharpened stick through a balloon without popping it – as they performed science experiments to kick-off summer reading.

“The assembly was really cool,” says Cali Swift, a Sparrows Point Middle student who attended the school-wide assembly. “We got to learn about if those myths were true or false.”

This year, Baltimore County Public Library’s summer reading theme is Fizz Boom Read, which makes the Pop Rocks experiment the perfect way to energize students for a reading-filled summer. Yet, to encourage students to maintain strong reading habits all summer long, Sneaks the Cat and several librarians from the Sollers Point Branch also joined in on the assembly.

“It was fun because we did experiments and we got to take pictures with [Sneaks] the Cat,” says Emma Chapman, another Sparrows Point Middle student at the assembly.

During their visit, the librarians informed students of the prizes and the various opportunities, such as the Anime Club and Teen Gaming, that BCPL offers throughout the summer.

“Students were turned on to summer reading big time with awesome science experiments and summer reading opportunities,” says Charles Stowe, Sparrows Point Middle mathematics teacher. Case in point, Maddie Contino, Sparrows Point Middle student, who says that she is excited “to read more now because [I] could win so many cool prizes.”

While the last day of school is still a few weeks away,

thanks to summer reading kick-off assembly, Sparrows Point Middle students are already planning their breaks around visits to the library!

Story and photos by Aimée Farrell, library media specialist, Sparrows Point Middle School. Story edited by Blake Lubinski, intern, Department of Communications and Community Outreach.

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