Author: Dr. Teresa Evans | Category: Community Outreach | October 15, 2015
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
"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.
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!”
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
If you are
interested in participating in one of the VBTA/OCD community engagement
opportunities, please contact Rose Riggs (RiggsR@uthscsa.edu) Future events include:
Upcoming Community Engagement Opportunities:
Jordan Intermediate (SCUCISD)
Thistle Creek, Cibolo, TX 78108
students (5th & 6th graders only)
6 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.
Cameron Elementary (SAISD)
a.m. – 12 p.m. (welcome/continental breakfast starts at 8:30)
to four 15 minute presentations about:
& skills needed for your job
motivated you to pursue your career
a typical day
of your job
students to pursue their dreams
Wilshire Elementary (NEISD)
a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
20 minute sessions to discuss:
involved in the job
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