UNH has become a home for the Wildcat Friends. Everyone navigates the campus as if they have been there forever and the students are great comrades with their peers. Theater class is finishing up and where we have a good amount of folks out next week because of school vacation week. Our wonderful instructor, Linette, will also be out… We will be watching the movie Grease during theater to study our roles and work on facial and body expressions. Everyone involved has their own special way to shine and Linette recognized each way students could sparkle. We all look forward to May 2 to see the theater folks showcase. Over at Holloway folks ate a meal and gabbed away with their friends. Only two more visits this spring! Group one went over to the Mills dorm for some Kickball outside. Some folks that did not wish to play ball hung inside with some residents and played Candy Land, Twister and an action game Amanda made up. The inside folks broke into two groups and with the use of Banana Grams (A game a lot like Scrabble) had to come up with an action word that started with the letter Amanda chose, while the other group had to guess what they were doing. It got a little silly and folks had a lot of fun. With the lovely weather the group walked to Nesmith (which was across campus) for Sheana’s class. The focus today was on the food chain and how it affects each living organism. After talking about omnivores and herbivores the groups checked out some teeth samples and had to determine whose teeth they had and what kinds of food those teeth could eat well.
Group two went over to New Hampshire Hall and played a few games using the parachute with Melissa before breaking into three groups to discuss their experience with Wildcat Friends. Group two then walked to Nesmith to learn about buoyancy with Heather. As the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titantic has just passed, tonight’s lesson was about floating and sinking. We talked about how density (how much stuff is crammed into a certain space) affects whether or not objects float or sink. The students made predictions about whether objects would sink or float. Can you guess if a pencil, paper clip, screw, or elastic band would float? Lots of folks were surprised at the results when we put a Diet Coke can and a can of regular Coke into our tank! Only the Coke sank. After finding out that it was the large amount of sugar in the Coke that made it sink (about 35 grams of sugar vs. about 2 grams of artificial sweetener dissolved into the same amount of liquid), several students questioned whether or not they should be drinking soda! Each student made a boat out of foil, and we had a friendly competition to see which boat could hold the most pennies. Early on in the testing Connor’s boat held $1.60 worth of pennies. Ellen’s boat gave him a run for his money, but Connor took home the trophy in the end!