Lights, camera, science


The second annual science night will feature projects from students on campus with movie related themes.

Lucas Barr, Staff Reporter

The science department will host Family Science Night in the cafeteria from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to engage younger students in feeder schools.

“Family science night was something that I kind of started when I was in Sherman and I brought it here to Liberty,” AP Physics teacher Kenric Davies said. “The idea is that us as a science department at the high school want to interact with students in the elementary and middle schools, basically we want to try to get to them before they learn that science is hard and get scared, we want to try to keep the fire alive for science.”

Students on campus prepared booths, demonstrations, and games, in line of this year’s theme of science in the movies.

“We assigned it as an option for one of our end of the year projects,” AP Biology teacher Richard Sabatier said. “We got some stuff related to cloning like Jurassic World is pretty cool, and some stuff with the X-Men and the biology behind them. It’s cool for y’all to be able to reach out, because a lot of what we talk about in school is at this technical level, but to be able to paraphrase it and bring it down to a level not as high up, it really helps you to understand the material more if you’re teaching it to someone else.”

Students in various AP science subjects collaborated their efforts to apply a broad variety concepts to movies.

“My group and I chose the movie because I think it’s super interactive for the participants to play with our zipline that we made out of wood,” sophomore Ananya Pillai said. “We painted buildings and basically made it a LEGO city. Our zipline will be attached to the buildings and we’ll have the kids release the ziplines and test whether the velocity of a cart increases with height.”     

About 200 people turned out for the event last year, a figure that Davies hopes to replicate that will benefit both the older and younger students

“I think we all get bogged down with the content knowledge and forget about how exciting it can be with the application of these sciences and being able to use it for really cool things that sometimes we lose sight of,” Davies said. “Family Science Night is designed to get students here at the high school to think outside of the box, and how they can apply what they’ve learned to things they interact with in their daily life, and try to pass that excitement down to the lower grades.”