Dollarway High School hosted its Science Night on Thursday to give students and parents a hands-on experience in hopes that they would better understand the importance of science and technology.
Parents and students were invited out to participate in a conversation about how to get kids interested in science and had demonstrations that were fun and educational.
Charles Cunningham, the math and science coordinator at the school, held the event as part of a build-up to the Benchmark exams, but also to emphasize how getting careers in science can be rewarding.
Susan Williamson from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock spoke to the crowd about how biology and medical educations are guaranteed career paths to money and success.
“I travel across the state looking for students to bring into UAMS because we want the best of the best,” she said. Williamson went on to let students know that even those who pursue a career as a doctor may not make it all the way through the 12 years of school, but there are many great jobs that a student can get short of a medical degree, like nursing or respiratory therapy.
Students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff were also on-hand to speak about the paths they have chosen and how they have excelled by choosing such a strongly desirable degree as biology or math.
Celeste Henry with the STEM program spoke to how even staying in Pine Bluff students have a future with math and science degrees. “We have JRMC, NCTR, and many more, where you are assured to have a job,” she said.
After the speakers gave presentations to encourage students and parents, the evening went into the “fun part”, as Cunningham said. Students at the high school had set up stations in one of the lab classrooms with experiments that showed how science could be fun and enthralling. The students demonstrated gravity, chemical experiments, and even a marble shooter that uses principals of physics to allow for the shooting down of plastic cups.
With food and door prizes that were given away, it was fun for the whole family. Science teachers also let parents and students know that they were available to help before and after school to those students who wanted any kind of help. The atmosphere around the evening was to let participants know that education is a top priority and that Dollarway High School is focused on helping their students in any way they can.