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PTO Hosts the Magic of Learning Assembly

By: Isabell Smith, Addison Osterhaus, and Keirston Saenz

October 04, 2018

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    School is for learning obviously, but some students take it as a joke. How you do in school could affect your entire future plans. For instance, if you want to be a surgeon but you don’t have a degree and a good GPA to get into a good college, you may not be able to be a surgeon. This assembly tells us the importance of using mathematics and science to solve everyday problems.

    The Magic of Learning assembly took place at Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School on Friday, September 28. The presenter that was in charge of the assembly and hosted the event was Christian Augustine. Augustine has a show where he uses magic illusions that incorporate math, science, and physics as well as interesting stories about history to entertain and educate students and staff.

    This event taught the students not only that school is important, but that they can learn while having fun. Christian Augustine tried to teach students a new and fun way of learning based on magic tricks that originated in Egypt and China. He used several magic tricks to educate the students and staff. For example, he used one trick called the Chinese rings. He took the rings and when applying enough friction to the rings he was able to link them together. He had a student volunteer try the activity, but it did not work as well for them.

    "It was cool," Bryce Weber.

    Some other magic activities that Augustine performed were making rope lengths the same size when starting with 3 different lengths of rope, using a switch to turn on light bulbs with a particular color of switch, and a numbers trick based on 3 digit numbers. Students were amazed by the tricks that he was performing. To end the assembly, he also had a framed puzzle with a couple of extra pieces outside the puzzle. He was able to rearrange the pieces and make room for the 2 extra pieces. How is this possible when the pieces take up the same amount of area?  His performance gave students a lot to think about and hopefully spark their interests in math and science.

    “The magic tricks were really cool,” said Miles Beyer.

    The assembly was made possible by the NCEMS Parent/Teacher Organization.  

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