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.


2014 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (6-12th)

Wednesday, April 30, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation

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. We are now at capacity for the event, but you can still use the use the registration link to sign up to be on the waiting list.

Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

Tuesday, May 27 - Elementary Region 1
Wednesday, May 28 - Elementary Region 2
Thursday, May 29 - Elementary Region 3

Each elementary principals selects two K-5 teachers and an alternate who have exemplified science teaching to participate.  Each teacher then selects two 4th or 5th grade students to attend with them.  If you are a teacher who is interested in attending, please contact your principal.

If you are a Principal, contact Caleb Cheung to access the nomination form. Teachers will be contacted via email after being nominated by their teacher. Deadline for Principals to register teachers is April 9.

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

 

 

Above is a one minute video that won Stemposium in 2010

 

Scientists

Registration for participating scientists is now closed. If you would like to attend, and would like to be on our waiting list, please contact Caleb Cheung.

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.


2013 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (grades 6-12)

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

Elementary Events (grades 4-5)

May 28, 2013 - Elementary, Region 1
Event Program & Pictures

May 29, 2013 - Elementary, Region 2
Event Program & Pictures

May 30, 2013 - Elementary, 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 - Elementary, Region 1
Event Program & Event Pictures

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

May 31, 2012 - Elementary, 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