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Tornado in a jar

TBA’s Early School students, from left, Liam Fan, Adrina Kurti, Scarlet Gurney, Avery Garrett, Judah Sherman-Valsberg (holding the “tornado”), and Luke Edelman.
TBA’s Early School students, from left, Liam Fan, Adrina Kurti, Scarlet Gurney, Avery Garrett, Judah Sherman-Valsberg (holding the “tornado”), and Luke Edelman.

Students of the Early School of Temple B’nai Abraham in Livingston are immersed in their STEAM-based curriculum. (STEAM is science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.) The preschoolers explore the elementary foundations of chemistry, physics, and natural sciences through experiments that enhance their understanding of the scientific method. Recently the students learned about different types of weather patterns, including weather disturbances, like tornados, and what weather systems must be in place for those disturbances to occur naturally. The science experiment “tornado in a jar “ demonstrated this phenomenon. The students placed water and dish soap in a jar, and saw that when they swirled the mixture around it formed a tornado.

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