LASM gives kids hands-on experience with science

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BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) – The Louisiana Arts and Science Museum is encouraging Louisiana’s youth to get excited about STEM with new chemistry workshops every month.

Riley Ratcliff is a chemist in training. She and her mom, Lydia Ratcliff visit the kid’s chemistry lab as often as there’s a new experiment available. But instead of a drawn-out lecture or an educational video, the lab offers small children the chance to complete their own science experiments. Saturday that experiment was all about electricity and how to generate it.

“You put the lemon to wire and then the lemon explodes,” said Riley Ratcliff.

Riley and the other kids participating in the lab, used lemons, copper wire, and nails to create a makeshift circuit of electricity. They used a voltage meter to measure the amount of electricity being generated into a small light connected to the circuit of lemons.

Riley’s mother, Lydia Ratcliff said these types of experiments are great an opportunity for kids to learn.

“”They have fun doing it. They get a kick out of just coming to play and then his adds a little bit extra,” Ratcliff said.

The lab thinks up a new experiment to teach kids each month. If you want more information on the kid’s lab, you can click here.

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