Events

Dinner with a Scientist

Since 2009, OUSD has been hosting Dinner with a Scientist to bring together local scientists, teachers, and students to celebrate science. These award winning events take place at the end of each school year and have been featured in local newspapers and the White House Blog.

Over the course of the evening, teachers and students meet researchers, university professors, engineers, doctors, veterinarians, and even forensic scientists. Each scientist talks about their work, leads an activity, and answers questions, switching tables every 30 minutes. Four semi-formal events are scheduled each year, three for elementary and one for secondary, serving a total of 700 people. The events are free to invited participants with costs offset by donations and local funders.


2015 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (6-12)

Wednesday, April 29

We are now at capacity for the secondary event. You can still use the link below to register, but will be put on the waiting list.

The secondary Dinner is open to all OUSD middle and high school science teachers. Each teacher can select up to 2 students to attend with them.Click here to register. Registration deadline is March 15.

Please note that space is limited. Registration is on a first come basis and provided to the first 44 teachers who register. After that, we'll maintain a waiting list.

Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

Tuesday, May 26 - Region 1
Wednesday, May 27 - Region 2
Thursday, May 28 - Region 3

Details and registration information will be available soon.

Event Agenda (all events)
2:00 Visit Main Zoo (optional)
5:00 Registration & Live Animal Encounters
5:25 Welcome & Ice Breaker
5:50 Dinner & Conversation with Scientist #1
6:20 Keynote Speaker
6:40 Dinner & Conversation with Scientist #2
7:20 Dessert & Conversation with Scientist #3
7:50 Appreciations
8:00 Conclusion

Permission Forms, Transportation and Directions

School sites and teachers are responsible for permission forms and transportation.  Here is a sample form in English and Spanish. We suggest teachers drive with their students and take them home after the event if possible.  Alternatively, a parent or guardian can drop off the students and pick them up. Due to limited space, we will not be able to accommodate any parents, guardians, or other individuals at the event. Here are the directions to the Oakland Zoo

 

 

 

Scientists

At this time, scientist participation is limited to partner organizations or previous participants. If you have received an invitation to participate as a scientist, please click here to register. The registration deadline is March 31, 2015.

If you are interested in participating, but do not belong to a partner organization, we may have space after April 3. Please contact Caleb Cheung if interested.

For assistance in planning your presentation to students and teachers, we recommend the suggestions on pages 4-9 in A Guide for Classroom Visits from TechBridge.


2014 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (6-12)

April 30, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation
Event Program & Pictures

Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

May 27 - Region 1
Event Program & Pictures

May 28 - Region 2
Event Program & Pictures

May 29 - Region 3
Event Program & Pictures

Photographs by Howard Ruffner

Above is a one minute video that won Stemposium in 2010


2013 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (grades 6-12)

May 1, 2013, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation
Event Program & Pictures

Elementary Events (grades 4-5)

May 28, 2013 - Region 1
Event Program & Pictures

May 29, 2013 - Region 2
Event Program & Pictures

May 30, 2013 - Region 3
Event Program & Pictures

Photographs by Howard Ruffner


2012 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (grades 6-12)

May 2, 2012, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation
Event Program & Event pictures

Elementary Events

May 29, 2012 - Region 1
Event Program & Event Pictures

May 30, 2012 - Region 2
Event Program & Event Pictures

May 31, 2012 - Region 3
Event Program & Event Pictures

Photographs by Howard Ruffner


2011 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (grades 6-12)

May 4, 2011, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation
Event Program & Pictures

Elementary Event (grades 4-5)

June 1, 2011
Event Program & Pictures

Photographs by Howard Ruffner


2010 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (grades 6-12)

May 5, 2010, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation
Event program, planned in conjunction with National Lab Day.
Featured on the White House blog

Elementary Event (grades 4-5)

June 2, 2010
Event program
Featured in the Oakland Tribune


2009 Dinner with a Scientist

Chabot Space & Science Center

Secondary Event (grades 6-12)

May 6, 2009
Event program

Elementary Event (grades 4-5)

May 28, 2009
Event program