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OC Science is a student-run, non-profit organization working to inspire and spread interest in science and engineering among youth in Orange County.

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STEAM in the Park Success

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

For the Love of STEM

The story of OC Science's beginnings was recently published in the September/October 2016 issue of Imagine, a national magazine by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth to provide bright teens with the information and inspiration they need to make the most of their precollege years and beyond.  Please click here to read the article. 

(This article is reprinted with permission from Imagine Magazine, www.cty.jhu.edu/imagine)

OCSEF KnowledgeShare

Recently, OC Science and OCSEF collaborated on a project called KnowledgeShare. Students of all grade levels agreed to make their science fair research open to the public for the benefit of all to see.

OC Science volunteers and board members worked with the students, acting as their mentors, guiding them through the 4 week project. Together, students and volunteers wrote interest articles about the person behind the science fair and worked extremely hard on creating a digitalized science fair board, complete with graphs, data tables and pictures. 

Below is an example of one the science fair boards written by Ankita Ahluwalia and compiled by Alina Trinh.


To see the rest of the amazing projects and boards, click here.


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