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Increase Miller Students Learn Gravity, Magnetism With Visiting Scientist

Wesley Cotrone, a kindergartner at Increase Miller Elementary School, uses a device to practice the forces of pulling and pushing.
Wesley Cotrone, a kindergartner at Increase Miller Elementary School, uses a device to practice the forces of pulling and pushing. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
High Touch High Tech scientist Chris Stetson discusses the forces of pulling and pushing with a kindergarten class at Increase Miller Elementary School.
High Touch High Tech scientist Chris Stetson discusses the forces of pulling and pushing with a kindergarten class at Increase Miller Elementary School. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
Chris Stetson, a scientist with High Touch High Tech, does a magnetism demonstration with Increase Miller Elementary School kindergartner Kayla Orellana.
Chris Stetson, a scientist with High Touch High Tech, does a magnetism demonstration with Increase Miller Elementary School kindergartner Kayla Orellana. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District
Kindergartner Owen Kurlanzik demonstrated the force of magnetism by moving a toy car using two repelling magnets.
Kindergartner Owen Kurlanzik demonstrated the force of magnetism by moving a toy car using two repelling magnets. Photo Credit: Katonah-Lewisboro School District

GOLDENS BRIDGE, N.Y. – Increase Miller Elementary School kindergartners learned about forces, including pushing, pulling, friction, magnetism and gravity, during a special workshop Monday.

Scientist Chris Stetson of High Touch High Tech introduced students to the science behind these forces through a series of hands-on activities in the classrooms. The kindergartners were amazed when they were able to pull napkins out from plates and cups without moving them and set race cars in motion using the north and south ends of two magnets to repel one another.

“When things bump or rub, there is friction,” Stetson said. “A ball will move faster on the gym floor than on the grass because a gym floor is smoother.”

He also demonstrated gravity by dropping two different sized balls onto tables during the Forces of Mind program.

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