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February 4, 2014 > Science magic at Mattos Elementary

Science magic at Mattos Elementary

Submitted By Lisa Hallas

Mattos Elementary School in Fremont had its annual ÒFamily Science NightÓ on January 24 with the theme, Science Magic. Over 200 students, parents, and teachers attended and enjoyed ten tables of science-based fun hosted by the ChildrenÕs Discovery Museum of San Jose. This yearÕs theme enabled the Mattos community to see how science can produce ÒmagicalÓ reactions such as levitating a paperclip, controlling a straw with static electricity and much more.

Many children found a favorite station and stayed there all night playing with science magic, while others visited all ten stations. Parents and students alike were entranced by the magic of science experiments. As one father of a fifth grader and a first grader said, ÒI tried all of the experiments first and had a great time. Now, I am watching my kids enjoy their favorites. This is the best ÔFamily Science NightÕ I have attended.Ó Another parent said that she and her 5th grade daughter Òhad a great time exploring the magic of science with an easy, hands-on sampling of every day science secrets. I think our favorites were the Ôunbend the wireÕ and Ôturning the glass jar over without dripping waterÕ tables. The Ôwhich surface melts the ice fasterÕ table even tricked me.Ó

From the kids came exclamations such as ÒCool!Ó and ÒWow!Ó along with expressions of amazement and joy. As a first grader said, ÒScience Night was sooooo fun! Look at this paper clip. It can stand in air without falling down (referring to the magnetic levitation experiment)." The event was also enhanced by the enthusiastic assistance of several junior high and high school student volunteers. They enjoyed watching the younger children discover the magic of science. One of the volunteers said, ÒIt was fun seeing the kids' faces light up when they figured out the magic trick!" A fifth grader summed it all up by saying, Ò(Science Night was) a great way to demonstrate that science can be fun and entertaining!"

Mattos Elementary School is FremontÕs only science magnet. The program is called Soaring Into Science and offers an in-class science docent program, dedicated science specialist, a science lab for grades one through six 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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