SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) - They may have discovered a way to make kids want to learn in Southwick.
You could hear the sound of sixth-graders being excited about science education Friday night.
88 Kids spent the night at the Powder Mill Middle School for the 14th annual "Science Sleepover."
The fifth and sixth graders had a pizza party, broke up into mini lessons, and had up-close experiences with a hedge hog and a spotted gecko.
"I think when they can make the connection between learning and having fun in high interest, that's when we've started to change some attitudes." said Powder Mill teacher Susan Pac, the science sleepover coordinator.
14-year-old Allison Scharmann, an honors student and volunteer staffer, told 22News, "Ever since when I did it when i was in sixth grade, I wanted to come back and volunteer in 8th grade. And I always wanted that opportunity, and I think it's incredible that I got to do it this time."
Westfield State University teaching students as well as returning Powder Mill alums were among the staff volunteers.
Some of the science project subject matter included rocket explosion, magnetic levitation, lava lamps and Crayon Rocks.