Hands-On Science Experiments Enhance Learning at Bishop Dunn Memorial School with Mount Saint Mary College Students

Students from Bishop Dunn school experience hands-on science experiments led by older students

At Bishop Dunn Memorial School in Newburgh, young students recently had the opportunity to engage in hands-on science experiments led by Mount Saint Mary College students. The college students, under the guidance of Jodie Fahey, an associate professor of Chemistry at the Mount, mentored the children in small projects that explored various topics such as pH testing and hypothesis formation.

Located on the Mount campus, Bishop Dunn Memorial School has a long-standing commitment to holistic development for children from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Founded in 1883, the school emphasizes academic growth, spiritual development, emotional wellness, social skills and physical health.

One of the highlights of the event was a density experiment conducted by Mount Saint Mary College student Ashley Leonor from New Windsor, N.Y. The experiment captured the attention of Bishop Dunn Memorial School students and demonstrated how science can be both fun and exciting.

The Mount maintains a strong partnership with Bishop Dunn through fieldwork opportunities for Mount Education students under the guidance of experienced faculty members. Many Mount graduates also go on to work at Bishop Dunn, further strengthening their bond. For example, Principal Nancy Benfer is a Mount alumna from the class of 2004.

Overall, this event showcased how science can be used as a tool for learning and discovery for people of all ages. It also underscored how important it is to instill a love for learning in young students at an early age.

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