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Teacher Robert Kackley helps Christian Duran attempt to flick a paper football through the uprights (ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal).

Medeiros Elementary School hosted its first-ever Family Science Night on Thursday, bringing over 600 people together at the school for a night of coding, engineering and experimentation. Vice Principal Sean Timmons, who was previously employed by the Stanislaus County Office of Education before coming to Medeiros this year, said he wanted to provide an opportunity for students to learn and their families to get in on the fun, bringing some methods from his past job over to Turlock Unified School District.

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Jordyn Rush looks through a microscope at one of the event’s stations (ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal).

“The vision was to bring the community in and teach them more about science,” Timmons said. “Our teachers really stepped up and put a lot of time and effort into this.”

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Jaden Wu grabs some blocks to build a windmill made from Legos (ANGELINA MARTIN/The Journal).

Medeiros teachers were in charge of running each booth, and had some help thanks to volunteers from Stanislaus State’s Admission and Outreach Services, SCOE, Pitman High and Turlock High. Students were able to take part in scientific activities like identifying different type of rocks, building robots from Legos and even putting together circuit boards that were able to power machines.