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February 3, 2012 > Mattos families enjoy 'Science Night'

Mattos families enjoy 'Science Night'

Submitted By Lisa Hallas

On the evening of January 20, Mattos Elementary School in Fremont held its first science event of the year - Family Science Night! The Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose served as the host of the event which was held in the school's multi-purpose room. Over 250 Mattos students and family members attended and enjoyed ten tables of interactive activities with the theme of amusement park science. They built and tested roller coasters, made spin art, built their own pinball machine, created a crank shaft and tested their strength through "balloon power" among other activities.

As a parent of a third grader said, "It was fun watching him trying to figure things out... His favorite activities were building the paddle boat and testing the roller coaster." All ages enjoyed testing scientific theories of motion, force, weight, height, power and design while having a lot of fun throughout the evening. As another parent of four children said, "This is great! The whole family had a good time, including me." Several volunteers from JFK High School worked at the tables explaining and assisting with the activities, and enjoyed helping the younger students with their projects.

Mattos Elementary School is the only school in the Fremont Unified School District with a Science Magnet Program. Called "Soaring into Science," Mattos has a dedicated science teacher, a science lab for grades 1 - 6 and approximately three science-related events per year for its students and families. To learn more about the school and its science program, visit:

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