8th Graders Feel the Pressure in Chemistry

Students in Mr. Thesenga's 8th grade chemistry class got to feel the pressure that is created when a solid expands into a gas first hand. The 8th graders learned about the phases of matter and the processes for changing phases. With a focus on the variables of temperature and pressure, students made calculations and graphs of the transformation of a solid to a gas. "It was so fun!" exclaimed Faith, an 8th grade student, "It was a good learning experience instead of just learning from a book. It was also hard because the pressure made it hard to hold." When visiting Mr. Thesenga's science lab, you will rarely see "learning from a book". Project-based learning, hands-on experiments, and design thinking are the staples of his classroom.