Twice a year Dinner with a Scientist, hosted through a partnership between the Sacramento Area Science Project and Sacramento’s Powerhouse Science Center, provides an opportunity for 7th – 12th grade students to interact with scientists from many different disciplines over dinner twice a year. The goal is to inspire and motivate students to excel in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines and encourage them to pursue STEM careers. Scientists gain an unequaled opportunity to interact with young people and share their scientific passion, experience, and journey. DWAS seeks to provide opportunities for a diversity of students from all backgrounds.
Dinner with a Scientist allows junior high school and high school STEM teachers in the greater Sacramento area to bring three students each for dinner and conversation with real-world scientists. Scientists share information with small groups of students, talk about their journey in becoming scientists, training in their field, career opportunities, their research and their enjoyment in what they do.
Students and their teacher will be able to eat dinner with a selection of scientists from industry, academia, agencies, and public and private sectors. The “Science Challenge” – a short but lively scientific knowledge competition, precedes dinner and after dinner the students change tables for dessert and talk with a different scientist. A science keynote speaker is also part of the evening.
Dinner With A Scientist (a partnership between the Sacramento Area Science Project at UC Davis and the Powerhouse Science Center), has been occurring twice a year now since 2012. During this time theTwin Rivers Unified School District has been our gracious host. We are now welcoming a new partner the Yolo County office of Education to host the Dinner With A Scientist (DWAS) event at the West Sacramento Civic Center Galleria. We are excited to announce our next event for this Spring May 10, 2018!!
We look forward to providing opportunities for students to experience first-hand what it means to be a scientist or engineer and begin to see themselves as not just critical consumers of science but to consider the reality of becoming scientists or engineers themselves.
If you are interested in supporting Dinner with a Scientist, contact Laura Shafer at email@example.com. You may also download a brochure for more information on sponsorships and support here.