Workshop aims to encourage love of science

Gilroy
– Who knew parents and students could bond over cow eyeballs and
hot air balloons?
Middle school students and their parents are invited to sign up
for Science Alive!, a day of hands-on workshops to introduce
students in grades six to eight to examples of how science applies
in real life.
Gilroy – Who knew parents and students could bond over cow eyeballs and hot air balloons?

Middle school students and their parents are invited to sign up for Science Alive!, a day of hands-on workshops to introduce students in grades six to eight to examples of how science applies in real life.

The event, from 8am to 3pm Jan. 29, will be hosted at Gavilan Community College’s Gilroy campus, 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd.

This year, students can choose from 18 different workshops, including A Cow’s Eye View, in which students dissect cow eyeballs, and “Up, Up and Away,” where students build and launch their own hot air balloons. Other workshops include building electric motors and taking apart computers.

Two special workshops will be held for parents. The first will discuss financial aid for college, and the second will discuss preparing students for high school and change. Both workshops will be offered in English and Spanish.

When they arrive at the college, students first will check in at the Gavilan Student Center. Students will go to two workshops in the morning, each an hour long, then break for a snack before continuing on to their third workshop.

Lunch will be served in the student center and will be followed by a keynote presentation by representatives from the Lawrence Hall of Science. The day will end with a raffle drawing and prizes.

The cost of the event is $10 for each parent/child. Students can indicate their workshop preferences when they register. If their first preference is already full, students will be scheduled for their second choice, and third choice if necessary.

Last year’s event sold out, so the college is encouraging students to register early.

A complete listing of workshops and registration materials are available online at www.gavilan.edu/sciencealive.

Details: Hope Jukl at 846-4947.

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