The vintageTEK museum setup an exhibit at Bonny Slope Elementary School for their Science Night. Bonny Slope is part of the Beaverton Public School District. They serve Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade and are one of the larger elementary schools in the district with over 650 kids enrolled.
Science Night consists of a non-competitive Science Fair and kids can join as individuals or teams. The goals of the event are to get kids excited about Science and Engineering, expose them to different fields and expand their inquiring spirit. They had 107 kids participate this year in one of two categories (Engineering Projects or Science Experiments).
There were also 9 maker stations which included things like how tornadoes and earthquakes work, a hands on PH level experiment, microscopes, engineering structures and a few others.
The vintageTEK exhibit was part of 9 exhibitors which included of Engineering for Kids, First Lego League, Rachel Carson Environmental Science Middle School, Sunset High School's Computer Science & Engineering program, Bonny Slope Tech Lab, Washington County Sheriff's Forensics Lab, Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom, Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Gems and Tualatin Water and Soil Conservation.
Nearly 500 people attended and the vintageTEK exhibit was packed all night. Volunteers Dave Brown, Bob Haas, and Gary Johnson explained the hands-on exhibits consisting of the 4051, Oscilloscope Table Tennis, Time of Flight, and an Sound Visualization.
This event drew our youngest audience ever with pre-schoolers operating the various instruments.
The 4051 was a big hit as the students could watch the line drawings and understand them as similar to drawing on paper. They learned to measure time on an oscilloscope with our Time of Flight exhibit. Using the microphone they got to explore sounds and envelopes. We had many students circle back around to revisit the booth.
"That's awesome", "incredible", and "Neat comments were heard throughout the event. We also had good conversations with the parents and explained the exhibits, technology, and Tektronix with them.
"Thank you again! Sharing your time and computers with the kids was much appreciated. These chances to engage in hands-on science and engineering can be so inspiring to them."