Nearly 100 sixth-graders from Region One schools came to Hotchkiss for SM&SH Day, an annual day of hands-on science and math activities, held on Oct. 17. Students participated in Hotchkiss faculty-led workshops, including a DNA extraction lab, a crash course in solving a Rubik's cube, and a tour of the School's biomass facility. In the DNA extraction lab, guided by Instructor in Chemistry Jennifer Likar, students combined mashed strawberries and shampoo to create a soapy mixture that they could view under a microscope.
"It smells good!" said Dana Saccardi, a student at Cornwall Consolidated School.
For senior Noelle Dana, who has been a SM&SH Day volunteer for two years, the best part of the day was getting to share the younger students' enthusiasm. "They are always so eager to participate," she says. "This year, I helped guide them through an experiment where we made water freeze by opening a bottle, and the look on their faces and the 'Oh, wows!' that followed are priceless."