Asbury’s “Kids’ College” Brings Science to Life – Asbury University
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March 7, 2016

Asbury student at a chalkboard explaining physics concepts to elementary and middle school students
Tyler Ogden ’16 explains equilibrium to Kids’ College participants. See below for a Kids’ College photo gallery.

WILMORE, Ky. — “Can anybody tell me what equilibrium means?” asked Tyler Ogden ’16, looking around the chemistry lab full of fourth- through sixth-graders who registered for Asbury University’s Kids’ College event on Saturday.

“It means everything explodes!” shouted a boy up front, jumping to demonstrate his point.

“Not quite,” Ogden said. “Imagine that two more people walk into this room, and then two of you walk out. The people in the room are different, but the number of people in the room has stayed the same. That’s equilibrium.”

Hosted by Asbury’s chapter of Sigma Zeta, a national math and science honors society, Kids’ College gave 240 students from kindergarten to eighth grade hands-on experience in biology, chemistry and physics labs. Kids enjoyed hands-on chemistry experiments, physics demonstrations, up-close viewings of reptiles and amphibians in the biology classroom and much more.

An annual event, Kids’ College is popular with parents and students alike. Spaces in the one-day event are limited, and every year, registration fills up within 24 hours of opening.

Three moms at this year’s event — Latonya Hocker, Alana Morton and Thalethia Routt  — conspired for weeks in advance to make sure their “science geeks” got a coveted place at Kids’ College.

“As a parent of a kid who doesn’t do a whole lot of sports, this is a great option to have,” said Morton.  “This is what he likes to do.”

Friends since their children were in kindergarten, Hocker, Morton and Routt also appreciate the opportunity for hands-on science experience — something not readily available in elementary school.

“Science is limited at the elementary level,” Hocker said. “It’s not like when we were in school, when you had it every year — so the more exposure we can get for them, the better. And when it’s hands-on stuff, they just eat it up. They see those practical applications and it sticks with them.”

 

To learn more about Asbury’s Natural Sciences Department, visit: asbury.edu/science