Orinda Family Science Night 2002

       by Marinda Li Wu, Co-Chair of OFSN. Originally published in The Vortex, January 2003.

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Orinda Family Science Night returned to Orinda Intermediate School on November 14, 2002. The first Orinda Family Science Night attracted over a thousand participants back in 1997. It was such a great success that it became a role model for other Family Science Night programs around the Bay Area sponsored by the California Section of the American Chemical Society. Orinda Family Science Night 2002 surpassed all expectations drawing a record crowd estimated between 1500- 2000+!

Twenty-nine hands-on demonstrations and activities covering all kinds of science captivated K-8th grade students, parents, and even teachers. From CSI Crime Scene Investigations to Rocket Science to cool chemistry and making slime or touching real marine life, eyeballs, and hearts the variety and quality of all the demos was super thanks to scientist volunteers from both Orinda and afar! It was wonderful to see the lights of excitement and understanding of science all evening on countless faces. Two one-hour stage shows also featured Chemistry Magic, Chemistry Comedy, and Dr. Science s DNA Class. In addition, the Elemen of Periodica Band provided great pre-show musical entertainment. Liquid nitrogen-made raspberry ice cream was gobbled up as quickly as the delicious milkshakes served in thermochromic cups by fReal Foods. The Kennel Caf provided food for the general public while scientist volunteers were treated to gourmet delicious bag dinners made by a crew of Orinda mothers.

Orinda School Board President Sue Severson recruited Co-chairs Marinda Wu of the California Section of the American Chemical Society and Pete Bluford of Sangamo BioSciences to lead a team of dedicated Orinda parents who started planning this year s Orinda Family Science Night last May. Without COUNTLESS hours of work by this Planning Committee as well as many other Orinda parents and volunteers from Miramonte High School, Orinda Association, OIS Others First, St. Mary s College, other community groups and generous support from the American Chemical Society, Orinda parent Education Committee, Chevron-Texaco, Sangamo BioSciences, Dreyer’s Ice Cream, Fisher Scientific and many other generous donors from the local community. Orinda Family Science Night 2002 would not have been the fabulous success it was!

 

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