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Ray students celebrate season with science

Seventh-graders (from left) Bridget Smith, Allison Delaney, David Abraham and Jonathan Berkebile created ornaments based on elements for their accelerated science class at Ray Middle School. With them is their teacher Tracy Capone.

Seventh-graders (from left) Bridget Smith, Allison Delaney, David Abraham and Jonathan Berkebile created ornaments based on elements for their accelerated science class at Ray Middle School. With them is their teacher Tracy Capone. Kelly Cary

— Accelerated science students at Ray Middle School celebrated the holidays by applying their science knowledge and creativity to making an ornament.

Teacher Tracy Capone had each of her 76 students choose an element from the Periodic Table of Elements to research. Based on their research, they each designed an ornament that reflected something they had learned about the element. Before hanging their ornaments on a tree in the hallway outside of the classroom, students gave two-minute presentations about their elements.

Seventh-grader Bridget Smith had to research phosphorus. She discovered that mushrooms contain the element, so she created a clay mushroom to hang on the class’ element tree. David Abraham chose krypton to investigate. He created an ornament to look like a florescent light bulb because this type of light bulb contains the element.

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