The fifth- and sixth-graders at Runnels Elementary School transformed the gymnasium into an interactive science museum May 8 when they set up 35 different hands-on experiments for younger students to try out at the annual Science Explorium.

Students in kindergarten through fourth grade had “passports” guiding them through the maze of experiments with names like Elephant Toothpaste, Mini Lightning and Twirling Tornados, a news release from the school said.

All of the experiments, labs and demonstrations were designed to engage the students while teaching them basic scientific concepts.

John Baird, Runnels kindergarten through sixth grade science coordinator, said he hoped to emphasize learning by doing at the event.