Local families got hands-on with science on Saturday, as California State University, Stanislaus opened its campus for an all-day event that featured biology, geology and even zombies.
From the amazement children exhibited at the electricity and magnetism models in the physics department or the joy of planting their own vegetables to take home near the greenhouse, the CSUS Science Day had something for everyone. Several science clubs on the California State University, Stanislaus campus merged together to host the event which provided several activities, from the basics of performing cardio pulmonary resuscitation to the building blocks of a nutritional diet. CSUS students and faculty went above and beyond to provide local families an abundance of information on not only how important science is to the world, but how amusing it can be too.
“We read about the event in the paper and our grandson loves science so we thought we would check it out,” said Susan Max. “They have really put on a wonderful event. It is so hands-on and the children are really engaging and answering questions.”
The CSUS clubs included the American Chemistry Society Club, the Biology Student Association, the Blue-Green Hand Society, the Math club, the Student Nursing Association, the Pre-Health Society, the Psychology club, the Society of Physics Students as well as the Forensics and Biotechnology Program visiting from Enochs High School.
“We just really wanted to communicate to the kids that this is your station to explore as you please. We wanted to give them the freedom to take a risk within safe parameters of course,” said Graham Tuck, chair of the science department at Enochs High School.
Naraghi Hall of Science was taken over as hundreds of children shuffled between rooms to explore a multitude of educational opportunities such as Enochs High School’s simulated zombie apocalypse which provided children the forensic tools they would need to survive. However, the event proved just as beneficial to the college students as it allowed them to exhibit their knowledge. For example, the Student Nursing Association showcased several dummies to visitors, which have a pulse and normal bodily functions on which the nursing students practice medical techniques. Not only were children and parents impressed and even shocked by the nursing facility, but the nursing students were able to proudly exhibit the space where they spend so much of their time.
“This is an exciting opportunity to have a positive impact on the community and it really showcases how valuable the college students are even before they are registered nurses,” said Dr. Jen Rinaldo of CSUS.