More than 88 families recently discovered the marvels of science while participating in the fourth annual Family Science Night at Perkins School in Newark.
The PTA-sponsored event featured 18 hands-on stations covering topics such as molecules, human anatomy, hovercrafts, life cycles, microscopes, rocks, virtual reality, coding, germs, kinetic sand, volcanos, simple machines, the solar system and static electricity.
Julia Anello started Family Science Night four years ago and organized this year’s event.
“Science Night just keeps getting better,” Anello said. “I look forward each year to seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces as they make each new discovery. We had a lot of excitement around our new VR station this year. The kids got a kick out of seeing such things as the solar system and anatomical parts in 3D that they are able to manipulate.
“I am thankful to have district support for my passion of sharing science. It was so nice to see our Superintendent Matt Cook, Assistant Superintendent Krista Lewis, director of pupil services Monica Stadler and several board of education members, as well as Perkins Principal Sue Achille, there. It makes a very long day for these folks and I appreciate their dedication.
“It is wonderful to have families from Perkins, Lincoln and Kelley attending Science Night. I can’t wait to make this a full district event. If I can help to inspire just one student to become a scientist, I will feel successful. As it is right now, I will settle for the satisfaction I get from seeing the families enjoying an evening of scientific adventure together.”
Volunteers included Perkins PTA members Crystal Emmell and Julie Nevilizer; Lincoln PTA member Chris Hobart; Perkins staff members Laura Bouwens and Amanda Crowder; Newark Middle School students Lori Hobart, Anna Lanse and Makalya Miller; and Newark High School students Anna Bouwens, Jensyn Cintron, Ella Crowder, Aiden Lanse and McKinley Miller.
Anello thanked NHS physics teacher Aaron Harrington, who has participated in the event all four years by teaching about static electricity properties with a Van de Graaff generator demonstration.