2010-2011 News — 06 June 2011

English teacher Michelle Vargas and her children learn about the urinary system from students Patricia Tern and Devanio Cousins at Oakland High's Science Night. Photo by Lisa Lac.

By Lisa Lac

What was in the plastic bags being tossed around at Oakland High’s new building on May 19? Chemicals, ice, and sugar–all the ingredients for scientific ice cream!

Students and science teachers hosted Oakland High’s first Science Night, at which they demonstrated their learning from the variety of science classes available here at O-High. This event featured informative student displays from Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Earth Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Health, and Physiology.

Biology teacher Thomas Reinhardt, who planned Science Night, had help from other science teachers who were willing to participate in this event. Environmental Science Academy co-director Katharine Noonan said that “this showcase was wonderful” because it allowed students to share their knowledge.

Senior Patricia Tern, who displayed a project on the functioning of the human urinary system, believed that Science Night was a good way for students to learn new ways to take care of their body. Seniors Dinita Thomas and LaShawn Price performed blood pressure demonstrations to inform people about their health.

“I think it’s important for the youth to know their blood pressure,” said Thomas. “Especially since they [are more likely] to eat junk food, you know.”

Overall, Science Night was a successful event, attended by over 100 students, faculty, and family members. Teachers from outside of the science department also commented on how great the event was.

“After a long day of dealing with students running in the hallways like idiots, it’s nice to see students take on interesting endeavors,” said history teacher Gordan Danning.

Oakland High’s science teachers plan to have more of these fun and informative Science Nights in the future. Principal Alicia Romero hopes they will make the event a tradition. So do students.

“I really liked the free food,” said senior Quang Hoang. “The ice cream was bomb, especially the strawberry flavor!”

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