Bitely Elementary (Virtual) Science Night!

🌏 Thursday 🌎 October 22, 2020 🌍 5PM-7PM 🌏




In collaboration with innovative and dynamic scientists, researchers, and educators in the field of science, Bitely Elementary School is proud to host an opportunity for its students to engage in an evening virtual science night. Sessions may be attended by registration only and are open to all Bitely students and their families.

The National Science Foundation predicts that "minorities" will make up more than half of the adult population in the United States by the year 2060. Bridging the gender and race gap in the field of science, and in STEM, for traditionally underrepresented populations within our communities today may help ensure a STEM-ready workforce in the future.

In the 1960s, students viewed astronauts as heroes and role models as they watched them rocketing to the moon on televised Apollo missions. Today's students need role models too! Our Science Night presenters highlight the lives and accomplishments of women, people of color, and multilingual STEM professionals through discussions, demonstrations, and interactive projects. These co-curricular and extra-curricular learning and engagement opportunities add richness and context to what is typically depicted in classroom textbooks.

Candy Chromatography

Lead by doctoral student Michelle Qian, students will use water and coffee filters to analyze what colors make up the brown dye coating on brown M&Ms.

Tools and Instruments in a Lab

Doctoral student, Jake Evans, will be showing visitors around his laboratory which studies energy technologies and sensors. Additionally, he will show some of the large, expensive analytical tools chemists use for their work.

Chemistry in Batteries

Doctoral student, Brian Lee, will be giving a virtual tour of the See group lab, where we experiment with battery chemistry.

Color Changing Films

Doctoral student, Brooke Versaw, will lead a tour of the Robb lab, highlighting the instruments and equipment we use in our research, which focuses on understanding how force affects polymers. The tour will conclude with a demonstration of polymer mechanochemistry at work in color-changing films!

Visible Gas

This fun and exciting hands-on activity will be lead by doctoral student, Sara Dibrell. When chemical reactions produce gaseous products, they’re often difficult to detect. Using a balloon to capture the carbon dioxide produced from the dissolution of an effervescent antacid tablet allows for the gas to be visualized.

Extremely Cold Physics (Brrr!)

This demo, led by doctoral student, Arian Jadbabaie, shows how the physical properties of objects can change drastically at low temperatures. Specifically we will look at how quantum behavior arises when a superconductor is made extremely cold.

Polymer Bouncy-Balls

Graduate student Mo Morla will lead this popular hands-on activity. These are a variation on polymer slime. Adding Borax to poly (vinyl acetate), the major component of Elmer’s glue, creates a cross linked network. Mixing this material with cornstarch gives the network a rubbery consistency that allows it to bounce.

Ask an Astronomer

Scientist Warren Skidmore will have information on some of the key area of astronomical research, what you can see in the sky and be able to discuss working in a technical project. There will be short movies and powerpoint slides to encourage questions and start conversations about any astronomy related topic.

DNA Extraction with Strawberries

Join Hailey Lister, a scientist from Boundless Brilliance, for an awesome strawberry DNA extraction science experiment to learn about the science that makes each of us unique!!

Astronauts Above Bitely!

The International Space Station passes by Bitely SEVEN TIMES during the day. Right now it is home to THREE astronauts who live and work up there. Scientist Liam Kennedy will take all the students on a virtual tour of the International Space Station and if the timing works out – he will share some LIVE views of the earth from the ISS during the talk.

Build a NASA Deep Space Network Tower with Pasta!

In this session, join Scientist Brandon Rodriguez from NASA to build an antenna tower like NASA uses for the Deep Space Network. We’ll be using spaghetti, tape, and marshmallows to see who can build the tallest structure.

What's in a Bean?

Drop by this session, hosted by Rebecca Kon who is the Curriculum Development Specialist at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, to dissect a seed and discover what plants- and people- need to grow and survive! Can you use what you learn to plant your own seeds and help them germinate and grow?

Comet Exploration

Scientist Geovanni will engage students and families in a talk about The Planetary Society and recent observations and explorations of Comets.