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Author: Dr. Teresa Evans | Category: Community Outreach | October 15, 2015

The Voelcker Bioscience Teachers Academy (VBTA) and trainees working with the Office of Career Development (OCD) partnered to support the local Converse Elementary School Science Night. 

Converse Elementary is home to over 800 students, grades K – 5 making this science night one of the largest the collaboration has yet to tackle.

"This is my first time participating in science night at an elementary school. It was a lot of fun. I could never imagine how much happiness I could bring these kids with so little effort!," said graduate student Jie Zhang. 

Dr. Tanoya Harris, postdoctoral fellow, worked to support the Pom-Pom Shooter Activity. This activity engages participants in discussions about restrictive pulmonary diseases, particularly asthma, respiratory structures and function, pressure, etc., through demonstrating how air flow restriction affects the distance one can shoot a pom-pom out of a tube.

After the event Dr. Harris stated, “It was great to see the excitement on the children's faces to "do" an experiment. I explained to them the science of how and why this particular experiment worked and then how science is in everyday things we do. It was great to see them leave smiling and watching them explain it to their parents. Priceless!”

Graduate student, Elmira Bonab, shared, “It was such a fun night! I enjoyed interacting with kids and witnessed their excitements with the granny on the ramp activity. The activities are well-designed for kids. Also, the event organizer provides a full description about all activities before/on science night.”

Dr. Teresa Evans, who began working with the VBTA and doing science nights over a year ago as a result of a seed grant from ASBMB stated, “We could not reach as many schools as we have been able to over the last year if it was not for the collaboration and support of the VBTA teachers and UTHSCSA trainees. We look forward to future successful science nights!”

If you are interested in participating in one of the VBTA/OCD community engagement opportunities, please contact Rose Riggs ( Future events include:

Upcoming Community Engagement Opportunities:

Science Night

Jordan Intermediate (SCUCISD)

Tuesday, November 3

515 Thistle Creek, Cibolo, TX 78108

830 students (5th & 6th graders only)

6 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.

Career Days

Cameron Elementary (SAISD)

Friday, November 13

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (welcome/continental breakfast starts at 8:30)

Up to four 15 minute presentations about:

Your job

Qualities & skills needed for your job

What motivated you to pursue your career

Describe a typical day

Advantages/disadvantages of your job

Encourage students to pursue their dreams

Wilshire Elementary (NEISD)

Friday, November 20

8 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Two 20 minute sessions to discuss:

Their career

Schools attended

Skills involved in the job

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