By Michelle Xu
Orange County Science and other Math for Service organizations joined together to host the first annual STEAM in the Park event on Aug. 27 at Bill Barber Park.
The STEAM in the Park event offered a variety of different STEAM activities to young students. OC Science contributed a total of 8 different activities for the event, ranging from balancing paper clowns to making chromatography bookmarks.
Michelle Xu, the OC Science Vice President of Education, and Elaine Chao, the OC Science Director of General Public Outreach Events, led and directed the eight events. In addition, each of the events was led by an event captain.
“My event is called ‘Exploring Cellular Respiration’,” said event captain Atharva Apte. “The students do some form of exercise for a minute. They then blow into a cup filled with indicator solution, decreasing the pH and turning the solution yellow. Whichever student has his/her cup turn yellow first wins. The harder a student exercises, the faster his/her cup will change color.”
Both new and old OC Science volunteers helped the event captains run their events.
“I like volunteering at OC Science because I really enjoy science,” says Mini Lava Lamps volunteer Chris Wang. “I think OC Science motivates other people to pursue science themselves.”
The young students were able to get a taste of what science is like through the different events. In each of the events, they were able to create something for them to take home, while learning about science at the same time.
“It was really cool,” says student Morgan Glabman after making her own lava lamp. “I really liked how the two solutions in the lava lamp separated, and I really enjoyed seeing how the bubbles came up.”
To learn more about Math for Service’s STEAM in the Park event in general, please visit: http://ocscholar.org