Combining food, music and science once again turned into a huge hit for Polo Park Middle School as it successfully hosted its third annual Night of Science on Thursday, Oct. 29. More than 500 people attended, ranging from toddlers to grandparents.
“It was so great to see not only our students enjoying themselves, but to also see the elementary school students come out and find joy in learning about science,” event organizer Shaun Stabler said. “Putting this event together is always a lot of work, but in the end, it is always more than worth it.”
The event was highlighted by the interactive, hands-on exhibits provided by the South Florida Science Museum, including a 3-D printer demonstration, remote-controlled robots, fingerprinting identification and even a chance to play with some flubber, among other exciting booths.
New this year were booths highlighting the health sciences, with opportunities for visitors to get a full bio-screening, including blood pressure, height and weight measurements.
There were also healthy choice food samples, such as quinoa salad and fruit smoothies, along with an interactive activity booth with jump ropes, hula hoops and a giant inflatable volleyball to promote healthy living. Environmental and recycling displays were also included to help highlight the importance of protecting the environment.
Student contributions were also in abundance with a full display of science fair projects, along with more than 50 student volunteers from the National Junior Honor Society to help the event run smoothly.
Adding to the excitement of the evening was a live radio broadcast in the courtyard from Wild 95.5 and food trucks serving a variety of selections. There was even a touch of classical music, as a quartet from the Palm Beach Symphony serenaded visitors as they toured the projects and booths.
All in all, the event was a great success and left visitors excited for what they might see next year.
ABOVE: Polo Park students enjoy the musical display.