April 5, 2016 – From making fire out of potassium chlorate and sugar, to using a magnifying glass to shape light, Wayside Elementary School students watched in disbelief as various science experiments were conducted right before their eyes. This was all part of the school’s first annual Science and Technology Night.
“I want to learn about science because I want to become a scientist and help the world become a better place,” said student Logan Villarreal.
Professors and staff from Bakersfield College were in attendance to present various physics, astronomy, and technology experiments to the students to demonstrate that science can be fun. The purpose of the event was to expose, promote, and provide access to science for Wayside 3rd-5th graders.
“It’s important that students learn the scientific process,” said Wayside Elementary School Principal Dylan Capilla. “They need to learn critical thinking, look for solutions, and ask themselves questions on the how or why things happen.”
Wayside Science and Technology Night was sponsored by Aera Engineering and Dryer’s Ice Cream. The school hopes to make this an annual event.