Last week I went all the way up to the Bronx to witness once of the coolest science fair’s I’ve ever seen. The Lysol Back To School Science Fair was held at the Madison Boys and Girls club. The awesome kids of the after school program worked with Lysol to create super detailed and intricate science projects that took a special look at where you can find germs on surfaces and how you can avoid catching the flu.
When I arrived the gym was buzzing with parents and kids. The kids that created the projects had on the most adorable science jackets and were SO proud of themselves for their achievements, as they should be.
There was plenty to eat including a hog dog bar, a cupcake table where you could decorate your own cupcakes and even fruit punch and lemonade with dry ice to make the drink look like potions! It was actually the coolest thing ever.
Through a series of science experiments, fourth-grade students measured germs on commonly touched surfaces, such as desks, light switches and doorknobs, and proposed simple yet effective steps and solutions everyone can take to help prevent the spread of these “germ-mates” from classmate to classmate. By practicing healthy habits, students can help reduce the number of sick days caused by cold & flu, ensuring they are in the classroom to learn.
The beautiful Ali Larter was also in the house to present the awards to these hard working kids. What was so amazing about the the science fair projects was that the kids dedicated their time to creating their project during after school. There was no official grade but instead the kids created these awesome science fair projects in addition to their regular school work!
Judges included actress and Lysol spokesperson, Ali Larter, microbiologist Joe Rubino and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners representative Dr. Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco.
Participating students embarked on a special Crash Course on Germs, led by microbiologist Joe Rubino, Research & Development Director, Hygiene Personal Care & Surface at RB. Using the Scientific Method, students examined the number and types of germs living in their classroom and discovered that the Influenza virus can live on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours2. Students then learned how simple healthy habits, like regular handwashing, proper cough and sneeze etiquette and regular surface disinfection by an adult, can help prevent the spread of these illness-causing germs in the classroom.
All of the students won awards for their efforts! I was happy that they all won because it was a SUPER hard decision–each project was uniquely awesome and so well thought out!
For more information on Lysol’s Healthy Habits program check out the website here!