On March 1, David and his research team, in collaboration with research partner El Sol Science and Arts Academy in Santa Ana, hosted Family Science Night. From 6:15 to 7:45 in the evening, more than 160 TK-5 students and ~400 family members, UCI students, and El Sol teachers and administrators combined their creative talents to help the El Sol students build and then test fly TR-05 Do-It-Yourself Building Block Drones.
David’s partnership work with El Sol started in 2017 when he and his research team founded an afterschool science program at El Sol - Super Science Squad - to engage 5th grade girls in projects emphasizing the scientific process. As David explains: “We’re teaching students to use scientific methods – problem identification, data collection and analysis, formulation of a solution, and presentation of conclusions – based on issues they perceive in their school and community.” Read more about the Super Science Squad
The El Sol–SoE research-practice partnership will be hosting another community-focused Family Science Night in April for students in grades 6-8, and again will be including parents, teachers, and the UCI research team.