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Mobile Discovery Center is in Springfield

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Several students in Springfield are boarding a big rig this week to get some hands on learning in science, math and technology. KSMU's Michele Skalicky reports.

It's impressive from the outside—with its bright blue, red and white exterior and expandable sides. But the inside is what the students who head towards the semi parked in the Phelps Center for the Gifted parking lot on Holland street are most excited about.

There are several rows of benches for the students to sit on and a small stage where hands-on science experiments take place, led by U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Michael Tindall. In one, he holds up a U.S. flag that appears to be painted the wrong colors—green, black and yellow—and the students let him know that. But he proves them wrong...

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He explains to the kids how the rods and cones in your eyes work and that sometimes they can make them see the opposite color of what they've actually been looking at.

The students got to see how a plasma ball works and how it can conduct electricity through a person and light up a light bulb that they're holding. And they saw how a Tesla coil works.

Calvin Marschall, educational service specialist fo the Department of the Army, says the Mobile Discovery Center, a partnership of the Army and the National Science Center in Augusta, GA, is very hands-on...

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Six Springfield schools experienced the mobile discovery center during its 4-day stop in the city this week. Marschall says they make learning fun...

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Judging by the students' laugher, have fun is what they did...

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Laura is a 4th grader at Phelps...

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Laura and Phelps 5th graders Rachel and McKayla explain what they learned during their visit to the Mobile Discovery Center...

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Curtis Cunningham who teaches 4th and 5th grade at Phelps, says this is a great opportunity for the students...

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Cunningham says the experiments the students got to take part in re-inforced what they learn in the classroom.

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For KSMU News, I'm Michele Skalicky.