Throwing rubber bands could land students in college newspaper


Some Fredericton high school students are hoping their science study on rubber band throwing will be published in a college journal soon.

Students from Nashwaaksis Middle School followed turns rubber bands in science teacher Christopher Abandonato’s Classroom.

But instead of being sent to the director’s office, they carefully documented the different distances the bands can travel, depending on their width.

Abbandonato initiated the project in partnership with St. Thomas University.

“You can take a… post-secondary or university project and make it really fun and exciting where the kids can be a newbie scientist or a newbie mathematician,” he said.

“So now they really feel like they’re the ones collecting the data, they’re the ones designing and running the experiment.”

The students wrote a final report, which will be submitted to the Journal of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Abbandonato said.

If accepted, it will be published and distributed to teachers around the world.

“It’s great that a lot of people know we’re 11, we’re very young, and we’re very good scientists,” said Connar LeBlanc, a grade 6 student. “It’s pretty cool to be in a magazine. . “

For his comrade Malcolm Christie, the project has helped confirm who he wants to be when he grows up.

“I wanted to be a scientist because my dad is a doctor and he works with a group of scientists and I thought that was pretty cool,” he said.

It could take up to a year to find out if their experience will be published.

In the meantime, the students continue to test the speed of the rubber bands.


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