Rhame Students Create Volcanoes

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Rhame Avenue School third-graders recently read about volcanoes in Hawaii. They, along with their teachers, discussed how magma erupts from the ground and the short time that people have to escape the path of the molten lava. 

To create a simulation, the students covered a plastic bottle with a volcano and took it outside. When it was time, each student sprinkled baking soda into their volcano’s cone and watched it erupt. During the experiment, they noticed that the time of the eruption was quicker than they anticipated, thus connecting what they saw with their readings and reinforcing that if a volcano is expected to erupt, one should prepare and evacuate quickly. They also noticed that when two chemicals mix, the outcome can be a chemical reaction.