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Old Forge alumnae Allyson and Nicole Marianelli recently visited first-grade classrooms at Old Forge Elementary School to teach a science lesson and perform demonstrations.

Although the science lesson focused on the states of matter, the most important take-home message for the students was that science is for everyone.

“Inspiring students to be excited about science and to be curious about the way the world works is so important,” said Allyson, who is a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry at Penn State University. “It’s never too early to start generating interest in science and encouraging students to consider careers in science.” Allyson and her sister Nicole, who is a medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, talked with students about different careers in science, and then performed hands-on demonstrations related to the “states of matter” lesson theme, including “Elephant’s Toothpaste” and “Spooky Bubbles.” The lesson ended with each student making their own “slime” from household products.