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February 5, 2013 > Mattos Elementary "Family Science Night" fun

Mattos Elementary "Family Science Night" fun

The Mattos Elementary community enjoyed their first science event of the year on the evening of January 25 - Family Science Night. Over 270 students, parents and teachers attended and enjoyed ten tables of science-based fun hosted by the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.

This year's theme was "Adventures in Chemistry," and the tables enabled the Mattos community to see how chemical reactions affect everyday life. The experiments included using color-changing markers, finding a secret substance based on experimentation, and using the same absorbing polymers in diapers and instant snow.

Parents and students worked side-by-side and everyone had a very enjoyable time throughout. The younger kids were running around saying things like "Fun!" and "Awesome!" The older kids thought it was a good time too. As one of the sixth-graders said, "It is awesome and it is fun to learn about science and spend time with your family." Ms. Wendy Goodfellow, the Mattos Science Specialist agreed adding, "It's great to see so many families out engaging in science." The event was also enhanced by the enthusiastic assistance of several student volunteers from John F. Kennedy High School.

Mattos Elementary is Fremont's only science magnet school. The program, "Soaring Into Science," offers a dedicated science specialist, a science lab for grades 1- 6 and approximately three science-related events a year for Mattos students and their families. To learn more about Mattos, please visit:

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