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Science with a Dash of Math Night

Change in Month, Not a Change in Crowd for Science with a Dash of Math Night

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Antheil Elementary School in Ewing, NJ held its 19th annual Hands on Science with a Dash of Math Night on Thursday, November 29th, 2018. Usually this event takes place in February, but this year it was held in the month of November, where it will be staying. Even with the difference in time of year, the annual event drew hundreds of Ewing students, parents, and staff with a passion for science and math, as well as those who were looking for a fun night out as a family.


The Ewing Public Education Foundation (EPEF) sponsored the night, providing the funds to support the wide range of science, math, and technology hands on experiments that filled the night, as well as a traveling show called “Hot and Cold,” presented by the Franklin Institute. The Ewing Township Education Association (ETEA) also awarded a grant for the event that made it possible to bring in two outside companies, Mad Science of NJ and High Touch High Tech Science New Jersey. Experiments involving copper nickels and growing your own crystal gardens were conducted by the scientists from Mad Science, while High Touch High Tech conducted Earth Science and Newton’s Law experiment.


Staff members and parents volunteered to run activities for the evening and one of the  fan favorites of the night was a new experiment this year conducted by Erin Devlin and Michelle Dagenais, called “Make your Own Bouncy Ball.” The experiment allowed the students to mix different colored crystals into a round mold and watch as warm water transformed the crystals into a bouncy ball that the students could take home with them.


Aside from staff members and parents, some outside groups that volunteered to come run experiments for the night were TCNJ’s Student Chemists Association, Physics Club, and the TriBeta Biology Club. Princeton University’s Molecular Biology Group and Rider University’s Men and Women’s Soccer teams also worked with the students to show them how cool science and math can be.  The Ewing High Robotics team was also present for the night, showing off the robot they made that shoots a ball out for the students to try and catch.


Science with a Dash of Math Night has become an annual must-attend event for all science and math fans of all ages in the Antheil and Ewing communities. After running this event for the past two years, co-chairs Katie Schuh and Heather Maierle, are thrilled with the outcome of the event and want to thank all of the students, parents, staff members, outside groups, the Ewing Teachers Education Association, and the Ewing Public Education Foundation for helping to make the night so successful and they are looking to make the next one even better!