Super Viking Science Night at St. Vincent de Paul School

| July 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

St. Vincent de Paul School held its 6th Annual Science Night after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus. Students, families, faculty, and alumni marked the special occasion with a Star Wars theme, apropos of the “May the fourth” date. Kindergarten through 8thGrade students explored a range of STEM principles through hands-on activities organized and tended by parents, teachers, middle and high school students.

Participants were given “science passports” to help them navigate each of the stations. Students tested minerals, cracked open geodes, observed crystal structures under a microscope, dug for fossils and learned the science behind sound amplification. Participants planted seeds, enjoyed a Lego robotics demonstration by the St. Vincent’s robotics team, made their own thaumatropes and balloon-powered cars, experienced cooking chemistry through Boba ball making and tasting, explored their fingerprints, and learned how holograms and gyroscopes work.

In collaboration with PaintBox Art Studio of Mission Hills, students sewed beanbags and learned the tensile strength of different stitches. Each of the stations provided the scientific principles involved in the experiment and demonstration.

Principal Crockett said of the event, “Our students really look forward to Science Night and we are thrilled we have it back. Science Night highlights our science program as well as the talents, creativity, and collaboration of our student, teacher, and parent community.” 

St. Vincent de Paul School, established in 1948, provides a Catholic faith-filled, family-based community with a focus on strong academic achievement. St. Vincent’s School prepares students for the high school of their choice, the self-confidence and ability to communicate effectively, and a heart for serving others. St. Vincent blends the San Diego Diocesan Curriculum and the California State Framework with Common Core State Standards. For more information visit

Gisela Acosta, 7th grade student, assisted participants on the microscopes while they identify structural differences between salt and sugar crystals.

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