Science students mix it up

Eighth graders Manny Benavidez and Cami Lavoie work together during their comprehensive lab practical.

Eighth graders Manny Benavidez and Cami Lavoie work together during their comprehensive lab practical.

Eighth grade students at Stanwich School have been getting their hands dirty in science class lately by participating in the “sludge test.”

As part of Stanwich’s science curriculum, the hands-on activity is a comprehensive lab practical that functions as part of the grade’s introduction to their Physical Science class.

During classroom time, students learned about scientific characteristics and properties.

Through a variety of labs, the students studied solubility, flammability and density and were then given test tubes of “sludge” filled with several liquids, several dissolved solids and some undissolved solids.

The students were then required to separate them and report on the characteristics of the sludge giving new meaning to the old expression of it being a dirty job, but someone had to do it.

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