At the Loft Literary Center, inner-city boys and girls during this experiential learning activity now know that fibers from wood are needed to produce paper. They received hands-on exposure to how wood fibers can be formed into a sheet of paper. They observed through personal engagement how water is added to pulp from trees to form sheets of paper. Indeed, they saw that without water the individual fibers would not bind to each other and the sheet would disintegrate.
This afternoon experience educated them as to how water is acting as a binding agent between the fibers by forming molecular bridges with hydrogen bonds. Yes, indeed they were exposed to this big phrase, “hydrogen bond”.
By end of the day, the kids were able to build their own notebooks from pulp and water. This was very cool for both the kids and the police officers in attendance.