By Avinash Ramaswamy
On Friday, Nov. 11, OC Science held its monthly Science Fun Night at Ardent Academy Northwood from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Kids from all over Orange County, grades K through six, eagerly came to the event to participate in the various engaging activities that help cultivate their interests for science in an interactive, unique manner. The Science Fun Night included several hands-on stations available for the kids to attend and experiment with.
“In order to best suit the academic environment needed for kids to thrive and learn,” OC Science volunteer and junior Jeff Guo said. “We volunteers from OC Science split [Ardent Academy] up into three separate science-themed sections: the experiments zone, the game room and the jeopardy room.”
With activities rotating each month, students participated in all kinds of fun projects, ranging from enhanced physics-based experiments -- where they build paper helicopters and test bridges that they built to see how much they can carry -- to captivating educational games such as “Operation” and “Compounded” (biology-themed and chemistry-themed, respectively), to a rousing and competitive game of Jeopardy where the students applied all of their knowledge and what they have learned at the fun night.
The coordinator of the event, sophomore Elaine Chao, discusses why they hold the fun nights in the first place, indicating, “It is clearly proven that there is a positive correlation between hands-on applications of what students learn and their academic progress, and we at OC Science feel that by holding events like this, kids can really apply the stuff that they learn from here and there and gain a whole new experience.”
OC Science Director of School Chapter Events and freshman Jacob Gibbs, claims, “In general, by creating an interactive environment [such as the Fun Night] for these kids, they can process the information better, and by doing everything we learn at a science class in a fun way, they gain a whole new learning experience that is much more efficient.”
Many students who attended this packed fun night agreed about how fun and interesting this event was, especially compared to their average science class in school. “We really don’t do that much in school for science,” explained the fourth grader Alfred Du as he was building his 15-inch plastic straw bridge. “In school, so much information is being thrown at me that is hard to remember after a while, but at the fun night, I get to see everything we learn at school in action, which is a whole new experience that I will never forget.”
The Science Fun Night truly did help students step outside the box and it engaged them not only in a new, more entertaining way of learning about science, but it definitely cultivated their interests and gave students more of a reason to love it.
“Science is awesome,” Chao said. “I really believe that these fun nights can develop their eagerness to learn more in science. In the end of the day, I just hope that the Fun Night can be a stepping stone to a brighter, scientific future for all of them.”
OC Science holds its Fun Nights every month for kids grades K through six. For more information about future Science Fun Nights, visit ocscience.org.