Bringing scientists to life

Krystle Wagner • Sep 15, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Famous scientists came to life at White Pines Intermediate School on Thursday.

Through the Wax Museum Hall of Scientists, the Grand Haven school’s sixth-graders taught parents and fellow students what they learned after researching scientists.

Sixth-grade teacher Joanna Richison said the goal was to help students step into the shoes of scientists so they can think and be a like scientist throughout the year.

During the three days of research, Meredith Tysman, 10, and Isabela Laranja, 11, learned about Francis Crick and James Watson, respectively. The two sixth-graders dressed in lab coats as they shared what they learned.

“It was just really fun,” Tysman said.

RELATED: See more photos of the museum at the Tribune’s photo gallery.

With a beard, paintbrush and palette, Ed Barnes transformed into Leonardo da Vinci. The 11-year-old said he was surprised to learn it took da Vinci years to complete the famous Mona Lisa, and that he had nine brothers and three sisters.

In addition to researching Neil Armstrong, sixth-grader Nick Bruhn spent three hours building a rocket out of Legos to accompany his astronaut costume. Bruhn, 11, said the most interesting thing he learned was Armstrong served in the U.S. Navy and had hundreds of hours of flight time.

Sixth-grader Luke Eisnor researched Wilbur Wright, who experimented for more than 10 years with airplanes and completed the first flight. Eisnor, 11, said he learned Wright also owned a bicycle store with his brother, Orville.

Having the chance to share what he learned was “pretty cool,” Eisnor said.

“It’s fun to dress up as the person, and fun to see what other people do and hear about other scientists,” he said.

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