Presidents: Minh-Thi Nguyen, Alexa Gomberg
The Los Alamitos chapter recently hosted its own spectacular science night on November 13th! Check it out below.
Hopkinson Elementary Science NightBy COLE MASUNO Nov. 13, 2015
The GrowingUpSTEM club at Los Alamitos High School organized an elementary school wide science night, where high school students encouraged interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). It was an interactive event where different age groups engaged in scientific experiments such as: a discovery lab for kindergarten-1st grade with marshmallow hats, walking water, and bottle tornadoes; 2nd -3rd participated in lava lamps and boat construction; while 4th-5th did a banana DNA extraction. The GrowingUpSTEM club’s goal was aimed at inspiring the “general interest in the youths in our community through community events”. By the end of the night the students didn’t want to leave, because they were still eager to participate, and some had to be dragged home by their parents. Some parents even said that her “boys had…the most fun [they] ever had!” and they “wanted to do more that night and today” too. Overall it was an amazing turnout for our first event and we plan to organize more events in the future!
End of Year Summary
The Los Alamitos High School OC Science Chapter meets on a weekly basis to discuss community activities and OC Science events. Over the past year, it has hosted three successful elementary family science nights at Lee Elementary, Hopkinson Elementary, and Weaver Elementary, each accommodating more than 300 children and 100 families. Furthermore, the Los Al OC Science Chapter will lost the Los Alamitos USD STEAM Fair in April, mentoring students in all the six elementary schools, both middle schools, and the high school, including service projects, such as a computer-programmed community garden and the Solar Panel Initiative. We also began a district program in which elementary and middle school students take a field trip to the high school to experience fun lab experiments one-to-one with advanced high school students. The club has accumulated more than 1,000 volunteer hours this year. The success of the Los Alamitos School Chapter has gained recognition in the district, and the Board of Education has considered promoting the Science Fair throughout the district, and next year, potentially enter these projects in OCSEF County Fair as well.