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Getting a lesson about hot air balloons from Sky Adventures owner Bill Sterner are sixth-graders (from left) Dayton Long, Bradlee Weltyk, Spencer Petoskey, Hunter Schrah, Jordyn Zyngier, Meghan Dolata and Nathan Vandecar. (click for larger version)
October 13, 2010 - In the old days, it seemed like science was a dull subject always taught by some geeky-looking teacher with glasses who resembled Ichabod Crane.

Minutes ticked by ever so slowly as the teacher wrote endlessly on the chalkboard while spewing out a barrage of facts and numbers in a monotone voice.

But nowadays, science class is a fun, hands-on experience, especially at Oxford Middle School.

Over the last few weeks, all of the school's sixth-graders have had the opportunity to do things like test the quality of pond water, search for and examine aquatic life, and learn how heat energy propels a hot air balloon through the sky.

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Photos and story by Editor C.J. Carnacchio

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