2017-01-13 / Schools

Vista Elementary’s STEM Night returns

Vista Elementary School will host its fourth annual STEM Night and Science Fair from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 19 at the school, 2175 Wisteria St., Simi Valley.

This event celebrates the school’s focus as a locally and nationally recognized STEM-based learning community.

The Vista 21 STEM Committee, a PTA-based group committed to supporting the development of Vista’s STEM program, has partnered with the school community to organize and coordinate the activities and vendor demonstrations that will take place throughout the evening.

A variety of experiences will be offered, including:

Hour of Code in the Ronald Reagan Resource Center supported by Vista librarian Katrina Vertuno and Royal High School students

Microsoft Surface Pros digital card-making by Alethea Prattas, community development specialist at Microsoft store Westfield Topanga

Astronomy lesson/demonstration, with telescopes provided by the Ventura County Astronomical Society

Technology-based interactive activities by Sandbox Computers for Kids Inc.

How and Why Computers Work: Computer Dissection by Vista parent Michael Merritt

Pixel art with Chromebooks by Vista teachers Jessica Garcia and Christine Pungrchar

Stop-motion animation by SVUSD’s technology teacher on special assignment, Dustin Ellis

Botany demonstration/lesson led by the Royal High School Botany Club

Over 100 science fair projects created by K-6 Vista students and organized by Vista teachers Marge Bartholomew and Carie Marshall

Science fair projects will be judged by members of the Simi Valley Kiwanis, Rotary and school board as well as Superintendent Jason Peplinski, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Hani Youssef, SVUSD employees and Ventura County Office of Education employees.

Royal High School students will provide feedback to the young scientists.

The sixth-grade participants will be eligible to submit their projects to the Ventura County Science Fair in February.

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