OC Science is happy to announce that we have had an amazing 2015-2016 school year! Below is a summary of everything we have accomplished.
October 28, 2015 - OC Science hosted its first Science Night of the school year, Woodsboro Elementary Science Night. It was a huge success as hundreds of students came to learn about the scientific method and conduct hands-on experiments at five different event stations: Battery Basics, Strawberry DNA, Bridge Building, Lava Lamps, Sense Perception. Read more here.
November 6, 2015 - OC Science hosted its second Science Night at Portola Hills Elementary School. This event had the most participants as hundreds of students attended to learn about the scientific method, see presentations about the science fair, and participated in the five event stations that were offered (mentioned above). Read more here
November 18, 2015 - OC Science hosted its third and final Science Night of the year, the Santiago Elementary Science Night. This was one of the biggest successes of the Science Night series since a large number of students, teachers, and parents attended to explore the well-polished activities we had to offer. Read more here.
You can read more about the science night series here.
December 13, 2015 - OC Science, along with OCSEF, hosted the Youth Leadership Conference, the biggest event of the year. It featured several amazing speakers, including the famous Professor Po-Shen Loh, who lead the USAIMO team to victory. Delegations from schools across Orange County attended to listen and participate in the Science and Engineering Research Bowl. Read more here.
February 21, 2016 - OC Science hosted the STEAMworks Conference, and it turned out to be a huge success. This outreach event drew in hundreds of students and their families, who had the opportunity to listen to several different speakers and watch captivating performances. The highlight of this event was Dr. Arthur Benjamin, the famous Mathemagician, whose tricks wowed everyone in the audience. Read more here.
March 28, 2016 - OC Science, along with OC Arts, opened up the registration and released the submission forms for the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Art Contest. Participants were asked to submit an original creation that showcases the Beckmans' legacy and the wonderful world of science. This contest will last throughout the next three months. Read more here.
April 11-17, 2016 - OC Science hosted its 2nd annual Orange County Science and Engineering Week, the largest event of the school year. It included both science and art competitions and a showcase of the many science fair projects submitted this year. Read more here.
April 16, 2016 - OC Science hosted three different events on one day: the Elementary Science Olympiad Invitational, the Junior Science Olympiad, and the Science Bowl. The Elementary Science Olympiad Invitational, designed for students grades 3 - 5, featured eight different event stations: Aerodynamics, Build It, Building Prokaryotes, Crime Busters, Mystery Liquids, Picture This, Solid/Liquid/Gas, and Straw Towers. The Junior Science Olympiad, designed for students grades 6 - 8, featured six different event stations: Bottle Balloon Vehicle, Clay Boats, Lego Bridge, Marshmallow Tower, Mystery Architecture, and Roller Coasters. This event concluded with the annual Science Bowl, where eight Junior Science Olympiad students who passed the preliminary Problems of the Week round competed against each other in a fun and exciting science trivia game. Read more here.
June 5, 2016 - At the OCSEF Excellence in STEM Awards and Reception, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Art Contest finalists were announced. Science fair winners also presented about their projects, including two 2016 Intel ISEF finalists. A keynote speaker also talked about her studies in marine biology. This event ended with several awards being handed out to OCSEF judges and volunteers who dedicated hundreds of hours each year to ensure a successful science fair. Read more here.