Girls from Across OUSD Set to Come Together on Thursday for an Online Pre-Halloween Science Event Called Spooky Science Night

OUSD NEWSROOMPRESS RELEASE Wednesday, October 28, 2020Contact: John SasakiCommunications Director 510-214-2080[email protected]
Oakland, CA — Scientific Adventures for Girls, Chabot Space & Science Center and the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department at Stanford University are co-hosting an exciting Family STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Night for students and their families. On Thursday night, a virtual, yet hands on event called Spooky Science Night is aimed at giving girls a deeper appreciation for science with jaw-dropping science demonstrations such as blowing up marshmallow monsters in a vacuum chamber and activities including making “Dancing Ghosts” with balloons. Students from numerous OUSD elementary schools will be taking part, including Emerson, Esperanza, Hoover, Madison Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Peralta and Sankofa United, along with girls from other school districts.

There will also be a “Dance Party Intermission” to get everyone moving. STEM Kits with    activity materials will be provided prior to the event for each family. “This is a fun way for families to relax together while engaging with spooky and cool hands-on science activities,” said Courtenay Carr Heuer, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Scientific Adventures for Girls. “Family STEAM Nights provide an opportunity to normalize the idea of families doing science together. This event also empowers parents who may feel uncomfortable themselves in science or math, and educates families on STEM career opportunities.”

“We know Halloween won’t be what we all look forward to every year, but that doesn’t mean our kids can’t have fun – and learn about science – at the same time,” said Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell. “I am excited for our girls who are taking part in this great science event, and I thank Scientific Adventures for Girls, Chabot Space & Science Center and Stanford University for supporting our students. Science literacy is critical for understanding our world, and the families who will be taking part remind us it is never too late to learn.”

There are still a few spaces open. To sign up your student, click here.

WHAT: Spooky Science Night for Girls, Including Girls from OUSD Elementary Schools
WHEN: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, October 29
WHERE: Online – Media contact: Courtenay Carr Heuer, Scientific Adventures for Girls at [email protected]
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