MCHENRY — The eighth grade students from Northern and Southern middle schools attended the recent Come to the Table event at Garrett College, which was a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Elements.
Students either worked individually or in small groups to complete a box dedicated to an assigned element in the periodic table. The students were to include specific information about the element they were assigned, such as element name, atomic number, symbol, atomic mass, state of matter and information about the element’s discovery.
The boxes were color coded to represent the various families of elements in the periodic table. Students provided information about their projects to the educators on hand before constructing the periodic table, which is available to view at the Garrett Eight Cinemas until after the holidays.
The students heard Kellis Sisler of Garrett College talk about science in the workplace and the importance of chemistry in the world.
They were presented with a gift bag containing a variety of items related to the activity. The bags were donated by Landon’s Library, while the contents were donated by the American Chemical Society and Kim Madigan of the Garrett County Solid Waste/Recycling Office. Each student was presented with a pass for free admission to one winter sports event at his or her high school.
The event was conceived and organized by the eighth grade science teachers — Ardra Sharpless and Jordan Storey of Southern Middle and Katelyn O’Brien of Northern Middle — with assistance on the day of the event from all eighth grade teachers at both schools and Darren Wilburn.