U.S. Sugar brings afternoon of science

CLEWISTON — On Thursday, April 18, staff from U.S. Sugar and Southern Gardens had an afternoon of science with a group of students at the Florida B. Thomas Library. The students made a tornado in a bottle and lava lamps.

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Through these experiments, the group learned that air takes up space, what a vortex is and how it relates to a real tornado. The students placed glitter in the tornadoes to see where objects in a vortex will go. Afterward, the group each made lava lamps in tubes while learning about density as they watched a gas rise through water and oil. They also learned about what color is produced when different colors are mixed. Each child then got to chew a piece of sugarcane to taste the sweet juice that it produces.

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Everyone got to take home their lava lamp and their “Tornado Tube.” as well as information about sugarcane so they could share their experiences with their families.

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