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Lower School Family Science Night Inspires a Generation of Young Scientists

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CIMG3306Wednesday marked St. Margaret’s Second Annual Lower School Family Science Night. The event was bustling with young scientists ready to explore the fascinating world of science.

Students, along with their families, enjoyed simple hands-on science activities, and some slippery, slimy, amazing creatures to touch. The night had a successful turnout with approximately 140 students, parents and siblings. St. Margaret’s had the pleasure of hosting renowned organizations for the festivities including: Mad Science, Discovery Education, UNAVCO, Wolf Haven, Lizard Wizard Company, and the Ocean Institute.

Young scientists had the opportunity to make their own slime, observe growing polymers and chemical reactions, ride a mini hovercraft, experience the unique properties of dry ice, learn about surface tension by making giant bubbles, and touch various sea life, reptiles and amphibians.

A popular station was the Upper School Robotics Station, in which students had the opportunity to work with members of St. Margaret’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Team: The TartanBots. Representing the team of 18 Upper School students was Ashley Lee, grade 9, and grade 11 students Lara Ohanesian and Brant Miller. Working together as a team, the students spent two hours instructing Lower School students on methods of controlling the TartanBots’ award winning FTC robot to pick up five-inch rings from a dispenser and placing the rings on the four-foot vertical tic-tac-toe board. The St. Margaret’s TartanBots won first place and the INSPIRE award at the West Los Angeles Qualifying Tournament and the Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) Design Award at the Las Vegas Regional Championship earlier this month. The team will be performing major modifications on the robot to compete against the winners of other qualifiers at the Los Angeles Regional FTC Championships on March 2.

“A highlight of the event was the inclusion of many Upper School students,” said Lower School Science teacher Morgan Young. “They worked with many of the Lower School students at various stations, truly inspiring the young students to love the sciences! The Upper School students were great role models and their contributions helped make this event more meaningful for the students. Family Science Night truly helped ignite the passion for science in many students. Seeing all the smiles on their faces was great evidence that we reached our goal of inspiring the love for science in many students.”


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