Dinner with a Scientist

Since 2009, OUSD has been hosting Dinner with a Scientist to bring together local scientists, teachers, and students to celebrate science. These award winning events take place at the end of each school year and have been featured in local newspapers and the White House Blog.

Over the course of the evening, teachers and students meet researchers, university professors, engineers, doctors, veterinarians, and even forensic scientists. Each scientist talks about their work, leads an activity, and answers questions, switching tables every 30 minutes. Two semi-formal events are scheduled for 2019, one for elementary and one for secondary, serving a total of 500 people. The events are free to invited participants with costs offset by donations and local funders.

Learn more about Dinner with a Scientist by reviewing this Presentation Slide Deck given at the California Science Teacher Association Conference.

Sketches by Rattana Yeang
Video produced by Caleb Cheung
Video filmed and produced by KDOL TV
Dinner with scientist film.mp4
Video filmed and produced by Gustavo Torres (Skyline Student)

2020 Dinner with a Scientist

Save the Date!

Elementary Event (4th-5th Grade)

Monday - May 4, 2019

@ Chabot Space & Science Center

Secondary Event (6th-12th Grade)

Tuesday - May 5, 2019

@ Chabot Space & Science Center

Teachers

We look forward to seeing you and your students at Dinner with a Scientist in the spring of 2020!

Questions about the event? Ideas to make this year's Dinner with a Scientist the best ever? Contact Sarah Pipping at sarah.pipping@ousd.org

Scientists

Interested in being a featured scientist? Contact Sarah Pipping at sarah.pipping@ousd.org

For assistance in planning your presentation to students and teachers, we recommend the suggestions on pages 4-9 in A Guide for Classroom Visits from TechBridge.

Past Dinner with a Scientist Events

2019 Dinner with a Scientist

Chabot Space and Science Center

Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

Monday, May 20, 2019

Sponsored by the Chevron Corporation & Chabot Space and Science Center

Event Program by Caleb Cheung

Photos by Tyler Chuck & Caleb Cheung


Secondary Event (6th-12th grade)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Sponsored by the Chevron Corporation & Chabot Space and Science Center

Event Program by Caleb Cheung

Photos by Caleb Cheung


Sketches by Rattana Yeang

2018 Dinner with a Scientist

Chabot Space and Science Center

Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

Monday, May 7, 2018

Sponsored by the Chevron Corporation

Event program & Photographs by Caleb Cheung


Secondary Event (6th-12th grade)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sponsored by the Chevron Corporation

Event program & Photographs by Caleb Cheung

2017 Dinner with a Scientist

Chabot Space and Science Center

Secondary Event (6th-12th grade)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sponsored by the Chevron Corporation

Event Program & Photographs by Lauren Hermele


Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

Monday, April 24, 2017 - Network 1 & 3

Event Program & Photographs by Lauren Hermele

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Network 2, 4 & Elevation

Event Program & Photographs by Caleb Cheung

2016 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (6th-12th grade)

Wednesday, April 27, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation

Event Program

Photographs by Lauren Hermele


Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

May 23 - Network 1

Event Program & Pictures

May 24 - Network 2

Event Program & Pictures

May 25 - Network 3

Event Program & Pictures

2015 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (6th-12th grade)

April 29, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation

Event Program


Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

May 26 - Network 1

Event Program

May 27 - Network 2

Event Program

May 28 - Network 3

Event Program

2014 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (6th-12th grade)

April 30, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation

Event Program & Pictures


Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

May 27 - Region 1

Event Program & Pictures

May 28 - Region 2

Event Program & Pictures

May 29 - Region 3

Event Program & Pictures

Photographs by Howard Ruffner

2013 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (6th-12th grade)

May 1, 2013, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation

Event Program & Pictures


Elementary Events (4th & 5th grade)

May 28, 2013 - Region 1

Event Program & Pictures

May 29, 2013 - Region 2

Event Program & Pictures

May 30, 2013 - Region 3

Event Program & Pictures

Photographs by Howard Ruffner

2012 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (6th-12th grade)

May 2, 2012, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation

Event Program & Event pictures


Elementary Events (4th & 5th grade)

May 29, 2012 - Region 1

Event Program & Event Pictures

May 30, 2012 - Region 2

Event Program & Event Pictures

May 31, 2012 - Region 3

Event Program & Event Pictures

Photographs by Howard Ruffner

2011 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (6th-12th grade)

May 4, 2011, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation

Event Program & Pictures


Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

June 1, 2011

Event Program & Pictures

Photographs by Howard Ruffner

2010 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (6th-12th grade)

May 5, 2010, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation

Event program, planned in conjunction with National Lab Day.

Featured on the White House blog


Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

June 2, 2010

Event program

Featured in the Oakland Tribune

2009 Dinner with a Scientist

Chabot Space & Science Center

Secondary Event (6th-12th grade)

May 6, 2009

Event program


Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

May 28, 2009

Event program