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January 13, 2004

Math and science can be fun. Gavilan College Science Alive! offers a day of hands-on learning for middle school students.

WHO: Students in grades 5 - 8 (and their parents)

WHAT: Are invited to participate in the fun, hands-on activities at Gavilan College Science Alive! Science Alive, now in its third year, is a full day of hands-on workshops that make learning science and math fun. Participants get to choose among sixteen different workshops including "Robots and You" (new this year), presented by Mark Leon of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in which participants will get hands-on experience operating a robot; "What's in the Box", presented by Gavilan College intructors Vic Robinson and Janet Conrey, in which students will take a computer apart and put it back together; "A Cow's Eye View", presented by Dr. Dennis Harrigan of Gilroy Veterinary Hospital, which will teach students the anatomy of the eye by having them dissect a cow's eyeball; and many others.

A number of organizations are partners in this year's Science Alive!, and will be presenting workshops: NASA will present a workshop on robotics (see above), Community Media Access Partnership (CMAP) will present "Make a TV Show", Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center (WERC) will present "Feathers, fur, and Scales - A Live Animal Program", the AIM Center (American Institute of Mathematics) will present "How Unusual", the Gilroy Fire Department will presnet "First Aid for Kids" and the Tech Museum of Innovation will present "Pet Rescue."

Optional workshops for parents will be offered in both English and Spanish on the topics: "Financial Aid: Money for College", and "Preparing for High School and College - What Parents Should Know".

The day will start with check-in in the student center, and a Welcome/Keynote address by Mark Leon of NASA. Participants will then split up and attend two morning workshop sessions. Everyone will gather together for Lunch, Raffle and Prizes, followed by one afternoon workshop session.

WHEN: Saturday, January 31 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

WHERE: Gavilan College main campus: 5055 Santa Teresa Blvd., Gilroy

WHY: To build interest in science and math in the middle school years; to help kids think about college and give them exposure to a college campus; to give parents important information about preparing their children for college.

Cost: There is a registration fee of only $10 per person, which includes lunch. A limited number of scholarships will be available based upon need.

Transportation: Buses will be available to transport students at no charge from Morgan Hill and Hollister, made possible by Tiffany Transportation Services in Hollister, and a grant from the Morgan Hill Community Foundation.

TO REGISTER AND FOR MORE INFORMATION: Brochures with complete description of all workshops have been distributed to middle schools in the Gavilan College district, as well as to sixth grade classes in Morgan Hill. If your child does not receive one, you may call the school to request a brochure, or call Gavilan College at (408) 848-4887. You may also register online by going to


Last modified: August 17, 2011
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