The 8th Annual CSU Stanislaus “Dinner with a Scientist” took place on Monday at the university campus here in Turlock.
Nearly 100 students (7th -11th graders), 32 teachers (7-11), and 32 scientists, including at least one of each Doctor: dentist, optometrist, coroner, physicist, wildlife biologist, and more.
Students and teachers from different Turlock area schools met in the Naraghi Hall of Science where they got to tour some college class rooms while learning about dinosaurs.
Before getting to sit down and have Dinner with a Scientist, CSU Stanislaus visitors where entertained, and educated, by a Chemistry Magic Show put on by the CSU Stanislaus Chemistry Department.
Children were drawn in by fizzling and burning liquids along with demonstrations on how electrical currents could flow through the human body into a light. Students were volunteering for experiments before they even knew what they were being asked to do.
Dr. Jim Youngblom, of the CSU Stanislaus Department of Biological Sciences, leads the event and said “The purpose of this event is to encourage kids to stay in school, take some hard classes, attend college, and show them what they can do with science.”
After the “magic show” the students were led to have dinner with a scientist, but before and after were again entertained, and educated, by keynote speakers.
Dr. Stuart Wooley from the CSUS Biology department gave a talk titled “The lesser of two weevils” and Dr. Horacio Ferriz from the CSUS Geology Department gave a talk titled “How to Solve a Geologic Mystery.”
There was no doubt about it, all the people involved from the sciences at CSU Stanislaus definitely love the subject and it was conveyed to the kids who were drawn to listen, participate, and laugh through all the demonstrations and speaking.
Turlock Unified School District Trustee Eileen Hamilton was in attendance and also is a sponsor of the event. Her daughter, Ms. Laurissa Hamilton, is a biologist and teaches biology classes at CSU Stanislaus.
Needless to say, TUSD Trustee Hamilton thinks very highly of the program.
“This is a great program… Other universities are copying the program now,” said Hamilton.
“Dinner with a Scientist” is sponsored by:
TUSD Trustee Eileen Hamilton
Stanislaus County Office of Education
San Joaquin County Office of Education
College of Natural Sciences – CSU Stanislaus