Preston Jr. High students get science lesson from USU (with video)

USU faculty member Doug Harris demonstrates a chemistry experiment for students of Preston Jr. High.

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LOGAN – Sixth graders from Preston Junior High filled a Utah State University lecture hall Wednesday morning for a chance to see science in action.

There were explosions, electricity and foamy chemical reactions as USU faculty members Doug Harris and James Coburn performed their science experiments in front of the students

Coburn took care of the physics portion of the demonstration, and even used air pressure to shoot a ping pong ball faster than the speed of sound, which was fast enough to break the ping pong paddle. He said one of his goals was to help spark some enthusiasm for science.

“I don’t think you teach them a lot of physics in one short day,” he said. “Maybe a little bit, but more than that, it’s enthusiasm for science.”

Coburn said it was fun to hear the students’ excitement.

“Maybe they’ll think about chemistry or physics or some science after they see something like this,” he said. “It makes them think it could be fun.”

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