Teachers set up different experiments and learning stations in classrooms and students rotated throughout the afternoon.
Laura DeWitt's experiment using the spinning toy was a favorite stop. There, students had to spin the Fidget a number of times and record how long the Fidgets could spin. Then they tried different variables – like holding the Fidget while spinning, or laying it on a table or other surface. Did spinning it vertically or flat make a difference in the length of the spin? Some were able to remove weights to see if that affected the Fidget Spinner.
The Fidget Spinners are so popular stores are having a hard time keeping them on shelves and some schools have banned students from having them in class because they've become a distraction. DeWitt saw them as a tool to teach science.
Science Day was designed to give students a chance to participate in hands-on science lessons like taking measurements, building bridges with plastic straws, creating boats from aluminum foil and seeing how much weight they could hold, and even learning about robots and drones.