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Students in grades five, six, seven, eight, and ten are invited to the Governor's School each year to rotate through age-appropriate activities. The visiting students have fun investigating aspects of genetics and blood typing, enjoy applying math facts to solve computer games, and excitedly conduct experiments in physics and chemistry. We host afternoon visits between the hours of 11:00 and 3:00. We will work with the schedule of individual schools to arrange a time that best fits their needs. Typically, an afternoon visit will last 2 to 2.5 hours and students spend approximately 25 minutes completing each activity. The activities run smoothly with 20-25 students each, so we are able to handle approximately 125 visiting students, divided into five groups, in one afternoon. We also have space available should you need for students to pack lunches and eat after arriving at our building. If you are interested in arranging a visit, please contact Mrs. Linda McCraw, SWVGS Guidance Counselor by email or phone. We look forward to hosting your students for a fun afternoon of math and science exploration. We hope to work with you to arrange a visit. |

## Chemistry ActivityVisiting students will participate in fascinating experiments about polymers (plastics). Students will make a cross-linked polymer out of commonly available materials. They will then make their own polymer creation, which they can take home, using an unusual and fun polymer material. Emphasis will be on understanding the interesting properties of polymers.## Computer Science ActivityStudents will be playing video games on the computer while practicing arithmetic skills specifically related to fractions. The games are: Action Fraction, Fraction Tetris, and Fraction Wall. The students can practice skills with the four basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions. This is a good way for the students to strengthen their fraction skills and have fun at the same time. Students will be introduced to the games at the Governor's School and will then be able to access them via the internet for later practice.## Life Science ActivityStudents will collect and analyze data to determine which potential living kidney donor could safely donate a kidney to a patient with kidney failure. After a brief introduction to urinalysis, blood typing, and HLA testing, students will perform simulated clinical tests to determine the health of the potential donors as well as the tissue compatibility of the patient and potential donors. Students will then decide which donor is most appropriate for the patient.## Mathematics ActivityStudents will explore some common arithmetic tricks, number tricks, divisibility rules and card tricks and learn a bit about the mathematics behind them.## Physics ActivityStudents will work in small groups to build small catapults from various provided parts. Each part will have both pros and cons which the students will have to weigh to determine how to create a catapult which works effectively. After a timed construction period, students will launch soft projectiles. Launches will be measured for distance and accuracy. In this activity students will face the difficulties associated with engineering and will learn to think critically to solve this engineering challenge. Results will be tabulated and the group who has the highest accuracy and longest distance will be deemed the champion! |