The Scientific Method: Discovering Fun at Ohlone’s Night of Science - Article, Office of College Advancement

Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

By Ohlone College.

A true community extravaganza, Ohlone College’s Night of Science was wall to wall with excited, curious families! The free event was held Oct. 15th at the Ohlone College Newark campus.

Young faces flooded the campus touching, looking and creating at the various exhibitions, visibly excited and intrigued.

The event was packed with fun, hands on, creative activities in science, technol- ogy, engineering and math (STEM). And new this year, the multimedia presentation brought the mixture of art and technology.

Kids and families surround exhibits at A Night of Science.

On the first floor kids could explore aquaponics, Mad Science shows, a biotech bar, and chemistry corner. Kids ran about excitedly showing parents how a handful of foam could create a puff of smoke just by clapping their hands. A planet-making station allowed kids to make and take their own planet while at the succulent station kids could pot a “water-storing” plant to care for.

The second floor was home to the Star Trek-like Artemis Starship experience, and a health sciences area where you could practice taking blood pressure or analyze your breathing rate. In addition, there was a paper airplane station and flight deck, (yes, kids and parents were folding and throwing paper airplanes in school), 3D printing and virtual reality demonstrations plus engineering and computer workshops.

John Collins, “The Paper Airplane Guy,” is the Guinness World Record Holder for paper airplane distance and author of several books on airplane making. Collins demonstrated a variety of airplane construction techniques, as well as the “secret” of the world record- holding paper airplane. His entertaining presentation brought principles of flight and aerodynamics down to earth.

Dr. Pascal Lee, a planetary scientist at the Mars Institute and at NASA Ames, addressed the topic of a manned mission to Mars. Dr. Lee’s first book Mission: Mars won the 2015 prize for excellence in children’s science books.

Ohlone College President, Dr. Gari Browning, who brought her own grandchil- dren to the event, said “I was extremely pleased with community participation and enjoyment of our second annual Night of Science. The hands-on activities were educational and there was fun for all ages. We are planning to make this a signature event for Ohlone College.”

If you missed the fun this year, plan to join us next year at the 3rd annual Night of Science Fall 2017 at Ohlone College.

Sponsors for this event: Alameda County Workforce Development Board Galaxy Level; PricewaterhouseCoopers; American Association of University Woman, Fremont; Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose; and New Haven School Foundation all generously supported this free community event.

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