Published November 8, 2012
A new lab at St. Mary’s School, Rome, turned science into “spook-tacular fun” for students.
For the month of October, the science lab was transformed into a “potions lab” straight out of the “Harry Potter” series. Two St. Mary’s parents dressed as book characters Albus Dumbeldore and Professor Minerva McGonagall and performed science experiments for the students as they arrived at school.
Classes created steaming jack-o-lanterns and glowing worms using dry ice, as well as “mortician’s bouquets,” studying how food coloring can change a flower’s appearance from the roots up. The fourth-grade class studied the effects of bacteria and rot with an experiment involving increasingly grotesque bananas.
The lower school science lab was added this summer during St. Mary’s Extreme Makeover project.
“We’re so excited to have a wonderful room designated for exploring science, and we wanted to celebrate that,” said Christa Jackson, admissions director. “The students have really enjoyed making science even more exciting than usual this month.”