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Pumpkin Explosions Light Up Halloween Week at LCS

Halloween week at Lakefield College School took an unexpected turn this year as Ms. Nichols’ Grade 9 Math students engaged in a thrilling experiment that combined science, excitement, and a dash of Halloween spirit. On Wednesday, they participated in a unique activity that involved predicting the explosive potential of a pumpkin using a set of experimental data.

The challenge was to utilize various measurements including height, diameter, circumference, and wall thickness to calculate how many elastic bands it would take to make the pumpkin explode. Armed with their calculations and a keen sense of curiosity, our students eagerly put their predictions to the test.

Amidst anticipation and laughter, the moment arrived. With 241 elastic bands tightly wrapped around the pumpkin, the explosion was nothing short of spectacular!

What made this experiment even more exciting was the element of surprise. The closest estimate, 220 elastic bands, demonstrated students' analytical skills and understanding of the data, making the actual explosion a captivating moment of scientific validation!

Here's to more explosive learning adventures at LCS!
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