The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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May 25, 2014

Hawaii is a ‘blast’

Jefferson Elementary gifted classes construct volcanos


For their unit on Hawaii, the 4th through 6th grade Gifted Classes at Jefferson Elementary decided to make volcanoes.  
Hawaii is made of volcanoes, so students couldn’t resist making some of their own, said teacher Christine Kovacs.  “We made the standard baking soda and vinegar ones, but as a twist, we rolled the baking soda up in toilet paper to prolong the eruption,” she said. This delayed the start, and gave everyone a chance to see. It also made the “blast” last longer.  
Of course, then there was the added bonus of poking the volcano with a pencil to make sure every last bit of baking soda was introduced to the vinegar, she said.  
“Making a mess certainly adds to the excitement,” Kovacs said.

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