To allow parents to have a day off and raise money for prom and other activities, the class of 2020 will host a “Parents’ Day Out” from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at the school, where students in first through fifth grade can learn about and do science activities.
“Our twist on the traditional Parent’s Day Off is rather than just a big babysitting thing, we make it a science camp because we can,” physics teacher and senior class sponsor Linsy June said. “We’ve got some cool science materials that the kids normally wouldn’t see until they get to high school, and it’s just opening their minds to encourage them to love science.”
The price for one child is $50. If more than one child from the same household will attend, the cost is lowered to $45 each. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
“The money we raise will fund many activities the seniors want to do this year,” June said. “Mainly though, it’ll go toward prom.”
June created a schedule of different activities and demonstrations for the students to participate in and watch.
“We’re doing some of the same activities, like slime, as last year, but we’ve also added a lot more where they learn about circuit series, heat transfer and optics,” she said. “When they get to Mr. K’s rotation, that’s usually their favorite part.”
For example, Kadekawa will move items without touching them, suck electricity out of a Tesla coil into a syringe and create colored flames with music resonances.
“They call me a wizard and that actually feels pretty normal,” he said. “If you don’t understand the science, it is magic. As they grow up, hopefully they’ll figure it out and hopefully I can inspire that curiosity at a young age. When they come here, they’ll look at it again like, ‘oh, this was magic, but now that I understand how it works, it’s just science.”
Junior Emma Watson will also help with the success of the event by running one of the planned activities.
“I’m really excited to be working with kids that are interested in science at such a young age, like myself,” she said. “I look forward to having the opportunity to open kids’ eyes to how much science is involved in our everyday lives.”