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Seton students learn about sound in Science Museum assembly

Ryan Sellars is a little surprised after the tuning fork is pulled from the water. There was a splash. Katie Urban of the Science Museum looks on.

What do a tuning fork, crystal goblets and rubber bands have in common? All three can be used in producing sound.

For almost an hour last Thursday, the first- and second-grade students at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton learned about sound - one of the wonders of science - through demonstrations presented by the Science Museum of Minnesota. Katie Urban was the leader.

Throughout the hour, she and the students plucked objects, blew into and on glass objects, rubbed together objects, and listened and watched.

A second presentation for the third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students followed, and was about solids, liquids and gases.

"Throughout interactive demonstrations, these presentations show students how science applies to their lives in a fun and tangible way," said Eric J. Jolly, Science Museum president. "We strive to excite students about science and encourage their exploration of the scientific world around them."

These annual presentations mark the 13th year the Science Museum and Flint Hills Resources have collaborated to engage students in stimulating and innovative ways. During the past 13 years, more than 72,000 students have been part of the presentations.

"By bringing the Science Museum to the students, we hope to further each child's scientific education and raise awareness about science-related careers," said Scott Lindemann, Flint Hills Resources vice president and manufacturing manager.