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Scientific Discoveries with Dad

April 23, 2019

By Alexandra Barton

DOC Communications

Containers on a table displaying the water treatment process

Incarcerated workers from the wastewater treatment plant at Cedar Creek Corrections Center displayed the water treatment process using various labeled containers. (Alexandra Barton, DOC Communications)

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LITTLEROCK – Various experiments and displays filled the gym at Cedar Creek Corrections Center for the annual Math & Science Fair in late March. Volunteers from the Christian Motorcycle Association, Wolf Haven International, and the facility’s wastewater treatment plant all brought educational activities for the children. The Hands On Children’s Museum donated a rocket launcher and a fan machine for the event.

From learning how to channel electricity out of potatoes to looking at local animal skull models, there was plenty for families to discover and explore. Volunteers from the facility created passports to be stamped after visiting each station. Children who received a stamp from every station earned a coloring activity and crayons. The volunteers also gave out flower pots for the children to take home.

The wastewater treatment plant’s station explained the water treatment process from influent water to effluent using labeled containers for each step. The Christian Motorcycle Association’s station showed families how an egg can remain inside its membrane layer after it’s peeled by using vinegar. The Wolf Haven International’s representative told participants about the various wolf species that migrate back into Washington State. Each group taught the participants something new in an interactive and engaging way.

“It’s great because the kids and the fathers are really interested in what we show them and tell them,” said Jason Keyes, a Wolf Haven International education specialist. “It’s such a great opportunity for everyone involved.”

Although Wolf Haven International has volunteered for the fair for the past three years, Keyes said that this was his first time coming to the facility. He had a lot of fun at the event and said he would gladly come back next year if he gets the chance.