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Arts help create passion for science

Tuesday, January 13, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kim Morris
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Arts help create passion for science




The zipping, crackling, ripping sound of duct tape filled the classroom at Madison Park Elementary School in Phoenix.

Students measured, cut and shaped the sticky stuff into wallets, handbags and flowers, and decorated shirts and backpacks.

“I’m here because it’s fun,” said seventh-grader Adriana Reyes, as she cut equal lengths of tape decorated with Batman and Spider-Man images.

Reyes and 20 other students stay after school for the club. Adviser Mary Proctor said the students do more than just make crafts: They use science skills.

“Like scientists, they need to learn the properties of duct tape before they work with it — the adhesive properties and the flexibility,” Proctor said. “The main challenge is the stickiness.”

In fact, the club is among 60 in the Valley funded with $700 startup grants from Science Foundation Arizona.

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