El Camino School Presents “Night of Discovery”

As early as Kindergarten, El Camino School students are being taught to look towards college as their obvious and the expected educational pathway. As part of this thematic emphasis, the school hosted  “A Night of Discovery” consisting of two special programs on February 26th.

“Discover a Scientist”- 5:30 – 6:15 PM at the Multi-purpose Room.

El Camino students performed scientific experiments or demonstrates scientific principles for the parent and community audience. Between demonstrations, bilingual guest speakers—experts in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Astronomy and Mathematics – spoke about their area of expertise, how they chose their field, how fulfilling it is, and the ways they have impact on society on general.

 “Discover El Camino University” 6:15 – 7:30 PM in various classrooms.

Using the El Camino University (ECU) map guests participated in a self-guided tour throughout the various “research labs” of El Camino University. Each research lab was set up in one of the school classrooms where invited institutions showcased materials about their programs. Student posters were also displayed in several rooms. Participating students had their ECU map stamped in each hall to receive a diploma from their teacher the following day in class.

El Camino Principal, Liz Barnitz reported that “we had an amazing Math and Science night which we called “A Night of Discovery”.  We began with a talk by local Latino scientists and college students majoring in the sciences, who spoke of their careers and their struggles to get where they are today.  Parent (and ELD Director at the Santa Barbara County Education Office) Maria Larios-Horton began with a motivating video and statistics regarding Latinos and women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers. Students also performed demonstrations for the standing room only crowd. I spoke about college week (also occurring this week at El Camino).  We all had the same message: Motivate your children to go to college, motivate your kids to explore the sciences, math and technology.

Afterward we had local community organizations such as the Museum of Natural History, Goleta Beautiful set up in classrooms we called “Halls”-The Zoology Hall, Art and Sciences Hall, etc.  Teachers set up math games and art and art/science projects, showed parents different math games they could play with their children on the internet, and there were also rooms filled with science projects the students made.  It was a fabulous evening for our school. Parent and teachers expressed great excitement for how meaningful the night was, how motivated the students were for having created science projects, and how it set the tone for the future: All our kids are going to college!” [Continue reading for more information and photos of the event]

College Week activities at El Camino from February 25 through March 1

Monday– Wear your College Gear or your ECU T-Shirt, College Collage- Decorate your Classroom Door with a College Theme

Tuesday-  Virtual College Tour, learn and Practice your College Cheer,  A Night of Discovery- 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday-Lunch with a College Student – local college students will be joing El Camino students for lunch.

Thursday– Spirit Day: Wear Your classroom college colors, and be prepared to perform your cheer at the Student of the Month assembly

Friday–  Turn in your College Week Essay and College Week Art entries!


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