HOSA E-magazine Spring 2015 - page 16

A tower-building project was just
one of the activities at Candy
Science, an event organized by the
Richmond High School chapter of
HOSA-Future Health Professionals.
Building a tower out of gum drops and toothpicks is both
challenging and tempting.
“I want to eat this gum drop so bad,” moaned second-
grader Jaxon Thacker, participant in Candy Science, a
program offered by the Richmond High School chapter
of HOSA-Future Health Professionals.
About 40 kids from preschool to fourth grade gathered at
the high school Saturday to do a series of experiments
involving candy.
“It’s all very inquiry based,” said Heidi Hisrich, faculty
sponsor of the chapter.
The purpose of the gum drop tower was to introduce the
children to engineering design.
“They’re learning how structures are ... made soundly
so they don’t fall,” said president Cassidy Whitehead, a
junior at RHS.
“And they’re learning teamwork skills,” added Taylor Hill,
also a junior.
Second- to fourth-
grade students
divided into teams
to see how tall of
a tower they could
construct with 40
gum drops and a
box of toothpicks.
But height alone
wasn’t enough. The tower needed to be stable enough to
balance a box of colored pencils on top for 10 seconds.
Younger children were given more leeway with their
creations. Preschooler Josie Hudson proudly displayed a
trap and a worm she made.
After a snack break, the kids headed off to see how to
make letters come off of M&Ms and what happens when
Pop Rocks are added to soda.
It’s all a part of Science Saturday, a series of events
organized by HOSA members to raise funds for the club
and to get youngsters interested in science.
“Kids are so curious,” said Ivy Hanson, an RHS senior.
“I know if I were a kid, I’d be pretty pumped about stuff
like this,” Whitehead said.
By Louise Ronald
HOSA Chapter Unique Fundraiser
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