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Ruby Memorial Hospital Hosts 7th Annual Mad Science Day

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Ruby Memorial Hospital's Child Development Center held its seventh annual Mad Science Day Thursday.

Kids up to 5 years old spent several hours of their day doing different science experiments.

They also participated in a fossil dig, created moon sand, and much more.

One of the student's favorite activities of the day was learning about bugs and making their own "insta-worms" out of a sodium alginate solution called "worm goo."

After making their "insta-worms" the kids even got to take them home.

According to the Science and Engineering Readiness Index, an index created by the American Institute of Physics, West Virginia ranked 49th in the nation for science education, which the institute labels as "far below average."

Staff said it's important to get children interested in science while they're young.

"Once they get into school, science is out of a textbook. There's very little hands-on activity. So if you get them early on and get them interested and see what science is on the hands-on side of it, they are going to be more excited to learn about it later" said Brittany Lucci, a curriculum coordinator for Mad Science Day at Ruby Memorial.

Lucci said Mad Science Day is the kids' favorite day of the year, and that more than 150 children were involved.