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Lower School students and their parents enjoyed a first ever “Family Night Science Convention” on February 7. Designed by science teacher, Roni Ottley, the purpose of the evening was to “fuel kids’ natural passion for science, and to connect science to the world they live in.”
The gym became an all-inclusive science lab, where tables were set up with interactive and hands-on activities that students and parents could enjoy together. The format allowed families to explore the activities open-house style, for however long they desired. Science “stations” included a dinosaur dig, a fossil-making activity, erupting volcanoes, earthquakes, animal Bingo, a tasting station, making balls that bounce, creating circuits that light up, a selfie station, and more. Science projects from the 5th grade science fair were displayed in the Auditorium, along with volunteer projects from students in grades K – 4. Families toured the display and celebrated these impressive efforts. “Students are still talking about it,” Roni reports. “They ask me when the next one is!”
Some came prepared to participate in every activity. Others loved that they could walk around unhurried and enjoy the activities they wanted to do most. Some dressed like mad scientists. All joined in the fun — the lively, messy, sticky, dusty, noisy fun of hands-on science.