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February 14, 2013

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Port students use blizzard to learn the science of snow

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“The timing was perfect because we had been learning about properties of water as part of a unit on the major chemical compounds in living things, like carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids,” he said. “Water is essential to human life. Many of the same things it does in nature, it does in your cells. The body is 65 percent water, which allows us to keep a somewhat constant body temperature.”

Science aside, some students are thinking of putting what they’ve learned to use immediately. Hodge and Bixby said they tried and failed to build a fort at home this past weekend following the blizzard, but it didn’t work out. They’re thinking a redo is in their future.

“I’m going to educate my family,” Hodge said.

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