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Putting the fun into science
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CSU Stanislaus student Brey Funkhouser assists young students to extract DNA from strawberries and bananas. - photo by NANCY ANGEL / The Journal

California State University, Stanislaus students brought science to life on Monday when they assisted dozens of 4th, 5th and 6th grade students in a series of science experiments at Osborn Two-Way Immersion Academy. The experiments — most of which were designed by the students — included testing pH in food, extracting DNA from fruit, generating electricity, moving molecules and measuring the density of objects.

“Cal State students are participating in a service learning program that provides them with unique educational opportunities that benefits the community,” said CSU Stanislaus professor Koni Stone.

Stone, an educator at CSU Stanislaus for 18 years, spent 13 years traveling to elementary schools in Turlock to engage young students in fun-filled science experiments.