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Kilough Elementary hosts night of science
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Jacob Brand shows Kara Starr, 11, a deer heart and eye balls as part of the anatomy session at Science Night at Kilough Elementary. - photo by David Renner Dawson Community News

Kilough Elementary School saw an invasion of young learners last month for Mad Scientist Night.

The Jan. 24 event was designed to show students different fields of science and give them a hands-on approach to learning.

"Mad Scientist Night gives students, teachers and parents an opportunity to learn and explore science," said Tracey Compton, Kilough Elementary principal. "This school-wide PTO and Title I event supports and enhances our science curriculum."

According to Compton, Mad Scientist Night was organized by the Kilough Parent-Teacher Organization.

The executive board met with a teacher from Dawson County High School's science department to work out the different "sessions" the students were able to go to.

The event consisted of several rooms throughout the elementary school that were broken down into experiment sessions.

Each room focused on one aspect of science, such as the medical room, the physics room, the electricity room or the pressure room.

Compton said that all Kilough teachers worked in the sessions along with high school students to make the event a huge success.

"Ms. [Tracey] Compton is very much about having educational events at the school and she wanted us to do science night this year," said Abby Liberatore, a member of the Kilough PTO.

"This is our first time doing Mad Scientist Night here at Kilough," she said.

"We had heard from another school that they had done this science night, so we reached out to the high school to try it."

High school science teacher Laura Hendrix organized the Mad Scientist Night for Kilough.

"I have set up Mad Scientist Night before and these sessions are always a big hit with students," Hendrix said.

"I was in charge, but had enormous help from teachers and students from the high school."

Hendrix said she asked for student volunteers and that the students were trained before the event.

"The teachers and students have volunteered their time for it," Liberatore said. "The teachers are in charge, but the students are the ones demonstrating."

"We hope that the kids will take away something fun and interesting that they like about science," she said.