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Discovering science at French Camp
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French Camp School fifth-grade student David Avila shows off his “slime” from Friday’s Science Discovery Day. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
FRENCH CAMP – Can two lemons power up an LED light?

What happens when water and vinegar gets mixed with a baking soda-filled balloon?

Those questions and more were answered by students at French Camp School Friday during Science Discovery Day.

Eighth-grade students found out that lemons can be an ample source of power for an LED light even if it took some work to accomplish the task.

 In Paul Panyanouvong’s classroom, students waited with much anticipation to see the baking soda-filled balloon inflate as a result of the chemical reaction from water and vinegar. Janaustin Cariaga, a fourth-grade student, pointed out that the concoction in the plastic bottle provided the hot air to fill the balloon.

Annie Cunial, who is the school’s program coordinator, brought Science Discovery Day to French Camp last year.

“It actually started about 15 years ago from a group of teachers at Golden West School,” she said.

Cunial and Principal Joanne Balestreri were at Golden West prior to coming over to French Camp.

In addition to Science Discovery Day, this Manteca Unified kindergarten- through- eighth-grade site celebrates a Fine Arts Day in the fall.

Science Discovery Day also included youngsters at the various grade levels making butter from scratch, getting “slimed” – in this case, they mixed glue, water and coloring – studying magnetic properties, mixing primary colors, playing with bubbles, and taking an up-close look at earth worms.