Rowntree Montessori Schools
Nurturing Tomorrow’s Achievers Since 1969
We love Science at Rowntree Montessori Schools, and our Science lab is equipped and set up like a high school lab. Recently, our grade 8s had a lesson on Viscosity and were asked to change the viscosity of different substances. Students conducted experiments using fluids such as maple syrup, ketchup, and mustard. They were provided with a control experiment with the use of the fluid and then were asked to make the viscosity higher and lower and noted the change in the fluids. Students worked in teams, which provided them with an opportunity to work on their collaborative skills.
The viscosity experiment is an experiment that is used in many industries outside of the education sector, including the food industry, with companies such as Heinz and French’s.
This experiment led to a discussion with students about the viscosity of certain liquid products such as hair shampoo, conditioner, gravies and sauces such as ketchup and barbecue sauce. The students noted that although some brands may be less expensive, these brands tended to “runny” and have a lower viscosity level; whereas, the higher viscosity brands tended to be more expensive, yet you don’t need to use as much so you would save money in the long run.
Science is fun at Rowntree Montessori Schools. Students begin Science in Kindergarten and learn at the elementary level how they can manipulate the size of particles, textures and shapes of particles in order to change the viscosity of a substance without changing their states.
When students are able to apply science to “real life”, it helps make learning fun and often easier and more effective. Our students also regularly apply their Scientific skills and knowledge when finding cross-curricular solutions to real-world STEM (Science, Technology, and Math) problems.