Volcanoes, Fire and Fun

Note: This post is written by ASU Business Senior, Sabrina Scott. Sabrina is one of five interns that elected to do their senior project with Gangplank. Check out her first post, ‘Best Gangplank Work Day‘.

Hosting a Gangplank Jr. activity was one of the most interesting days at Gangplank for me. Fellow intern Dev and I started off the morning with trying to launch a rocket – causing the whole back classroom to smell like smoke – and ended the day with lava oozing off the work tables.

As part of our Gangplank internship, we were dividing into pairs and tasked with planing and hosting a Gangplank Jr. event. Dev and I decided a science day fit in with Gangplank’s mission for its youth program.

Our initial plan was to make volcanoes and matchstick rockets. Due to windy weather conditions, we were not able to make the rockets with the kids. We did, however, experiment ourselves before coming to that conclusion. We were not successful at getting the rocket to launch but instead were surprised by the amount of fire and proceeded to fill the room with a smoky aroma for the rest of the afternoon.

Although the rockets did not work, we were able to make volcanoes with three boys.

These three boys were very creative and made the activity a great success. They sculpted awesome volcanoes out of clay, and created bright colored lava to fill their volcanoes with food coloring, baking soda and vinegar. We proceeded to erupt the volcanoes, learning that when you tell nine-year-old boys to add as much vinegar as they want, be prepared to have a mess to clean up.

Needless to say, their volcanoes had awesome eruptions.

This Jr. event was an exciting afternoon for us interns. We got to hang out with some fun kids and were able to act like kids ourselves. Gangplank is a great place for these kids’ activities. They have all sorts of stuff for the young ones to do and learn. I am glad I got to experience and enjoy an event first hand.

See the video of the eruptions.

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