DINNER WITH A SCIENTIST
Dinner with a Scientist is hosted twice a year through a partnership between the Sacramento Area Science Project and Sacramento’s Powerhouse Science Center, and provides an opportunity for 7th – 12th grade students to interact with scientists across disciplines over dinner. 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 diverse range 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 teachers 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, the Twin Rivers Unified School District has been our gracious host. We are now exploring new venues and resources to continue the Dinner With A Scientist (DWAS) events. Unfortunately, we will not be able to continue with the event until we have secured new partnerships.
Our intent is to continue Dinner With A Scientist in the fall of 2017, provided we locate an appropriate venue. We look forward to providing future 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.
We would be most appreciative of any suggestions or contacts for potential venues to hold the DWAS event and connections to those who can help us garner the resources to put on DWAS events.