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Fifth-grade Lesson Explores Types of Chemistry

Fifth-graders in Natalie Wildfong’s science class learned about chemistry in late February. To bring the lesson to life, Seven Hills parent Krista Gubanich spoke to students about her former job as a toxicologist with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office. Gubanich discussed forensics and its two functions—to act as a witness and to act as an analyst. She talked about working in a lab and how toxicologists help police. Wildfong also invited flavor chemists to the classroom to teach students about the chemistry behind making different flavors. “We were able to try a variety of different flavors in candy and drinks. We learned how different flavors are extracted from natural fruits,” Wildfong said. “This was part of our chemistry unit where we are learning about molecules.”