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Chappaqua Class Shares Scientific Valentine Cards

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – Wanting to create some chemistry on Valentine's Day, Robert E. Bell Middle School teacher Jessica Sansevera had her students design scientific-themed cards to show off in class on Tuesday.

The cards, designed to help her classes study for an upcoming test, forced students to use vocabulary learned during a recent unit on light. Terms students used in their cards included: pigment, refraction, cornea, photons, opaque, and more.

“They had to choose the words and write a Valentine’s Day card with our science vocab because they had a science test,” said Sansevera. “We created them in the lab and today we’re going to share them.”

Students were instructed to create the cards for an “important person” in their lives. While many chose pets and parents as their muses, one student from Sansevera’s class decided to express his love for actress Megan Fox. The student will be sending the card to Fox’s fan mail.

To begin the class, students walked around the rooom with paper and a pencil, writing down three lines from three cards that caught their eye.

“You’re the prettiest mom a photon’s ever bounced off of,” read one card. “You melt my heart like a microwave melts butter,” read another.

Sansevera said she first wanted to use the idea after seeing it used for Mother’s Day at a science scope years ago. “I always wanted to use it, it’s a good way to get them to review their vocab,” she said.

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