Engineering a little fun with science

Lynda L Seaver, LLNL, (925) 423-3103, seaver1@llnl.gov

Nick Williams (left) works a little scientific magic with students by demonstrating the effects of the vacuum of outer space at the Dublin school district.
Photos by Lynda Seaver/LLNL

Engineering and the critical role it plays in science was on display at Dublin High School Wednesday night in celebration of National Engineers Week. The event featured a question and answer session with hosts from the Discovery Channel show "Mythbusters," as well as demonstrations by various engineering and science classes within the Dublin school district.

From left: Jim Bono, Dublin Superintendent Stephen Hanke,
board member Greg Tomlinson, Dublin High study body
president Tatum Wheeler, Dublin High Principal Carol
Shimizu and Vice Principal Bob Branca.

To kick off the evening, Lawrence Livermore National Security presented a check for $10,000 to the school district to support engineering curricula. Jim Bono, director of Public Affairs, presented the check to Dublin schools Superintendent Stephen Hanke, Dublin High Principal Carol Shimizu and school board member Greg Tomlinson.

The Laboratory's "Fun With Science" show, a presentation of interactive experiments, proved to be one of the more popular attractions during the evening. Discovery Center volunteer and retired Lab engineer Nick Williams guided dozens of eager-to-learn onlookers through various scientific phenomena, from states of matter to the effects of air pressure, density, electricity and more. More than 1,000 students and their parents attended the event.

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