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Scholars at SailAway Learning and Academy recently spent a day discovering science hands-on at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.
The scholars and teachers started their morning with a video explaining the history of Oak Ridge.
The video was followed by free time to discover Exploration Station, which has several hands-on activities for experimentation with light, color, sound and problem solving.
A scholar-favorite was the atom smasher program.
A museum teacher demonstrated what happens when people lose electrons using the Van de Graaff Generator. The created charge was enough to light a fluorescent light bulb, raise several scholars’ hair and even create visible sparks of electricity between scholars.
“The generator was cold when I put my hand on it, and it made me feel a little tingly,” said junior scholar Johnny Turner.
Added varsity scholar Peyton Wakham of Rockwood, “It was especially funny when my teacher touched the generator and her hair looked like fireworks blowing up.”
SailAway scholars and educators also toured a flattop — a manufactured structure that was home to many “Secret City” families.
Several scholars were surprised at how tiny the flattop is.
“I think the living room is the same size as my bedroom,” Wakham said. “It would be hard to have any friends over. It made me feel like a giant.”
“Personally, I would like more space,” added varsity scholar Libby Beck.
SailAway is a private, faith-based K-12 academy in Kingston.
It is a member of the Tennessee Association of Non-Public Academic Schools.
The facility offers a variety of services to include 7-to-1 student teacher ratios, tutoring and test preparation, homeschool umbrella program, diagnostic testing and evaluations, educational consultation and teacher training workshops and seminars.