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.


2017 Dinner with a Scientist

@Chabot Space and Science Center (new location)

Secondary Event (6-12)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
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.

Click here to register. Deadline is March 31. Please note that space is limited. Registration is on a first come basis and provided to the first 50 teachers who register. Afterwards, a waiting list will be maintained.

Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

Monday, April 24, 2017 - Network 1 & 3
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Network 2, 4 & Elevation

Elementary teachers are nominated by their principals to attend. 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, click here to access the nomination form using your OUSD Google login. Deadline for Principals to nominate teachers is March 31. Teachers will be contacted via email early April after being nominated by their principal.

Event Agenda (all events)
4:00 Visit Chabot Exhibits(optional)
5:00 Registration & Seating
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 Chabot Space & Science Center.

 

Scientists

If you have received an invitation to participate as a scientist, please click here to register. The registration deadline is March 31.

If you are interested in participating, but do not belong to a partner organization, 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.


2016 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (6-12)

Wednesday, April 27, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation
Event Program
Photographs by Lauren Hermele

Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

May 23 - Network 1
Event Program & Pictures

May 24 - Network 2
Event Program & Pictures

May 25 - Network 3
Event Program & Pictures

Above is a one minute video that won Stemposium in 2010


2015 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (6-12)

April 29, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation
Event Program

Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

May 26 - Network 1
Event Program

May 27 - Network 2
Event Program

May 28 - Network 3
Event Program


2014 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (6-12)

April 30, sponsored by the Chevron Corporation
Event Program & Pictures

Elementary Event (4th & 5th grade)

May 27 - Region 1
Event Program & Pictures

May 28 - Region 2
Event Program & Pictures

May 29 - Region 3
Event Program & Pictures

Photographs by Howard Ruffner


2013 Dinner with a Scientist

Snow Building, Oakland Zoo

Secondary Event (grades 6-12)

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

Elementary Events (grades 4-5)

May 28, 2013 - Region 1
Event Program & Pictures

May 29, 2013 - Region 2
Event Program & Pictures

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

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

May 31, 2012 - 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