Students study gravity, drop pumpkins from school window

NewsChannel 5's Jim Tuxbury takes us to Hixson Middle School in the Webster Groves District.

WEBSTER GROVES, MO. - Whoever said science couldn’t be fun? Seventh graders at Hixon Middle School in Webster Groves got the perfect mix of schooling and science when they conducted a special Halloween experiment.

Students were asked to bring in a pumpkin to class on Monday, but it wasn’t for carving. After weighing and measuring their pumpkin, they tested Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of gravity by dropping them out the second floor window of the school.

Squeals of delight were heard across campus as the students measured how long it took each pumpkin the land in a kiddie pool full of soft dirt. Other students measured the craters left by the pumpkins.

Science teachers at Hixon tell us the best way for students to learn is by creating an interactive atmosphere where science is hands-on.

They do admit, however, that it is a lot of fun to smash pumpkins.
 


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