• 75°

McWane Center presents Reactions in Action at RES

Students participating in the summer program at Russellville Elementary were treated to a Reactions in Action presentation by McWane Center presenter Norman Schmitz Thursday.

Schmitz taught students about the three ingredients needed for combustion – something to burn, oxygen and heat; explained the differences in physical and chemical changes and how to determine what kind of change has occurred; and demonstrated several real-life scenarios as illustrations.

“We’re so pleased for the students to have this wonderful opportunity to learn about science first hand in such a fun manner,” said Angela Crittenden, a fourth-grade math and Alabama history teacher at Russellville Elementary.

In one demonstration, Schmitz poured acetone on a Styrofoam ball to demonstrate a physical change; the size and shape of the ball changed, but its chemical makeup remained unchanged.

Schmitz also explained how including metal expansion joints on bridges allows for the bridge to expand and contract safely – another physical change.

Students learned that a change in color means a chemical change has occurred.

In a demonstration of chemical change, Schmitz set fire to a piece of flash paper that seemed to disappear.

“The particles go flying,” Schmitz said. “They transform into smoke, but that smoke is so scattered you can’t see it. It looks like it disappears because it burns so well that it doesn’t even make ash. It just burns and scatters into the air.

News

Red Bay prepares for Founders Day with pageant, contests

Franklin County

Studio X-Treme senior twirlers participate in MSU honor band day

News

Russellville City Schools BOE approves operating budget

Franklin County

Hollywood actor, Russellville native reflects on path to silver screen

News

Russellville downtown to pursue Main Street designation

Franklin County

‘To show our gratitude’

News

BTCPA returns to stage

News

Redevelopment Committee plans take shape

Features

Hometown to Hollywood: Actor/musician Myk Watford finds his niche

News

PC enforces ordinances to improve aesthetics, safety

Franklin County

Extension names Red, White, Green contest winners

News

Community remembers Cecil Batchelor

News

Phil Campbell holds backpack drive, restocks school’s community closet

Franklin County

Blue Springs Volunteer Fire Department holds cornhole tournament fundraiser

News

City approves liquor license

Franklin County

County schools go remote for 10 days

Franklin County

Heavy rain, flash flooding, wind gusts pose threats to local area

Franklin County

Appreciation event provides free hotdogs, hamburgers to first responders

Franklin County

NWTF holds hunting heritage fundraiser banquet at A.W. Todd Centre

Franklin County

Fall armyworms threaten local properties

News

Architect updates BOE on high school construction

News

Chamber of Commerce welcomes 306 BBQ with ribbon cutting

Franklin County

County second-graders kick off Super Citizen program

Franklin County

Blue Springs VFD hosts cornhole tournament Saturday 

x