What do Latin dance instruction and chemistry experiments have in common? They both were presented to sixth grade students at the Quail Valley Middle School GT Academy during recent on-campus field experiences. The students welcomed Raul Orlando Edwards, Artistic Director of Flamart; and Carolyn Leap, Science On Stage Program Coordinator, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, to their campus for a day of learning and discovery.
Raul Orlando Edwards gave students a history on the evolution of Salsa dancing before leading them in Salsa dance instruction. He reminded students that dance evolves from culture as well as music. He also demonstrated various beats and polyrhythms with the help of students.
During the “Cool Chemistry” presentation, underwritten by ConocoPhillips, Carolyn Leap helped students discover the properties and states of matter using liquid nitrogen. Students were amazed by some of the chemical reactions.